DENVER -- At Magness Arena, nearly 400 students from Lincoln High School recieved diplomas at graduation ceremonies Monday, but none was more happy the special day was here than Alex Pacheco. The 18-year-old was able to graduate with her 6-year-old cousin, Jovan Allen.
"My classmates decided to get the school to award Jovan a diploma," she says. That was as Alex was picking up the one she earned after her four years with the rest of her Lancer classmates.
"We are just so happy, this is something we will never forget," said Pacheco.
"My cousin will never be able to experience this feeling, because he suffers from Batten's disease. He used to run and play with other kids, but this disease causes him to suffer almost a complete breakdown of his bodily functions. He is going blind, his brain is shrinking and he is on feeding tubes, it's just so sad."
The school, district and graduating class decided to award the little boy a diploma he will never earn.
The family doesn't expect him to live much past the age of 10, so this moment will be frozen in time for them.
As he rolled across the stage, parents and students alike cheered wildly, knowing they have done something a family will never forget.