Ohio city throws prom for Ohio 11-year-old with cancer

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MONROE, OH (WCMH) — A young girl battling cancer in Ohio got the prom of her dreams on Wednesday with help from the local community.

Cameras captured heart-melting moments in Monroe of 11-year-old Madison Smallwood in her prom dress, surrounded by friends.

The night all began with a bucket list wish. Madison, who is fighting osteosarcoma, wanted a prom.

“I went to go find a dress,” Madison said. “And then I’m like, ‘well, I don’t have a date,’ and that’s when those four dates happened and then it kind of turned into a whole prom.”

The community pulled together. One by one, “promposals” for this smiling 11-year-old came rolling in. They sent cakes, flowers, and even donuts to ask her to prom. 

Colby Watts was one of her dates. 

“It just fills my heart because she’s going through a rough time obviously so if it’s anything to make it better then why not?” he said. 

Madison rode in style while her friends followed in a hot pink limo. Her mom, Lori, said she would rather not fast-forward through these milestones. 

“My motto that I try to teach my kids is no one is promised tomorrow, and so we have to live for today, and I also believe in miracles and I tell her that every single day,” Lori said. 

“I have to be happy in this moment because this is a memory I will have forever and a life.”

As the kids danced the night away, these fifth-graders still worry and care about their friend. 

“It’s scary that she might not make it, but at the same time, the doctors are doing everything they can to make her feel better,” said Nolan Mattingoi, another of her prom dates. 

Madison has only one wish to make this night even more spectacular. 

“To not have cancer.”

Her family is holding these memories tight, thankful her dream prom came true. 

“Monroe has truly a heart of gold and I would not live anywhere else but Monroe,” Lori said. 

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