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Community steps up to support student battling cancer

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Two months ago, a Houston County High School senior was diagnosed with cancer, but the community refused to let Jesse Singleton's battle go unnoticed.

It started when the 17-year-old began noticing symptoms.

"He's never been sick his whole life, besides a broke arm," said Jesse's step dad, Currie Moore. "Then he starts out with a dry cough, night sweats, and before you know it, we're in [the hospital]."

Doctors diagnosed Jesse with Burkitts Lymphoma, a fast-moving and aggressive cancer. Since he arrived at Vanderbilt University's Medical Center, Jesse underwent chemotherapy, lost more than 40 pounds, and missed two months of school including his senior prom.

"He kept asking his doctor, am I going to make it to prom?" said Moore.

When the doctor said "no," she had the idea to bring prom to Jesse.

"They didn't let me know anything about it so whenever they told me I had to get up and get out of bed, I had to move all my equipment and I got really frustrated," said Jesse.

Jesse's family and doctors decorated the hospital room with bright streamers, and hope.

"That night, he knew I was coming up, but he didn't know anything about it," said Jesse's girlfriend, Taylor Stone. "Then he came in the room and I surprised him."

"When I walked in I seen her in her dress and it really made me pretty happy," said Jesse. "I kind of cried a little bit I was so happy."

Jesse's classmates at Houston County High School had another special surprise for him.

At senior prom on April 21, they declared him "prom king," and sent Jesse a video of the announcement.

"All the support that the school has for me, it really means a lot," said Jesse.

The community is planning several special events and fundraisers in Jesse's honor as well.

Doctors told Jesse's parents they're confident he'll beat cancer too. Though college is on hold for now, Jesse's next goal is to walk across the stage at graduation.

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