Dying mom lives to see daughter graduate

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High school graduation is an emotional time. In this case, especially so for Evie Shumaker of New Jersey.

Evie’s mother, Melissa Shumaker, is dying of stage 4 pancreatic cancer. The family didn’t know whether she would live to see her daughter graduate.

The staff at Newark Digital Academy, Evie’s school, were impressed with Evie’s commitment to academics and knew of her mother’s years-long struggle. Technically, Evie was scheduled to graduate later this spring, but she already had enough credits.

To make sure mother and daughter could share the occasion, some school administrators decided to put together a special event last week — at Shumaker’s bedside.

The result was a small, intimate ceremony attended by Evie, her mother and father, and the school’s economics teacher and graduation coach.

“She ended up crying after they left because she was able to see her baby graduate,” Evie told the Chillicothe Gazette. “God really blessed me yesterday. It meant the world to everybody.”

Read more about this story at the Chillicothe Gazette website.