Just three weeks after Jacksonville Jaguars player Sen'Derrick Marks made teenage girl's prom wish come true, she passes away at the young age of 18.
Jacksonville native Khameyea Jennings was diagnosed with liver cancer two years ago and was undergoing treatment at the Wolfson Children's Hospital. Her high school held a special early graduation ceremony for her, and now that prom season was in full effect, the defensive tackle wanted to make sure Khameyea didn't miss out on her big day, so he surprised her at the hospital with a 'promposal' and bouquet of red roses in hand.
Immediately after she said yes the two began discussing what they would wear, and a few days later Sen'Derrick and Khameyea arrived at the Frank H. Peterson Academies of Technology prom looking like angelic royalty in matching white and gold, while rolling up in style in Sen'Derrick's Lamborghini. All of Khameyea's classmates clapped and cheered as she made her way into prom with Sen'Derrick right behind her, pushing her in her wheelchair.
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Unfortunately, The Wolfson Children's Hospital spokeswoman Cindy Hamilton has confirmed Khameyea's passing, telling the Florida Times-Union that she died last Thursday.
Upon receiving news of his date's untimely passing, Sen'Derrick expressed his deep gratitude for allowing Khameyea to take him to prom, while also explaining why she was the real MVP.
"People say it was brave, what I did. What the hell did I do that was brave? I was happy that she accepted my request to actually enter her life at that stage. It put a perspective on me. We're in this business. It's entertainment. A lot of people hold their heads high. Why glorify me running around on the field when she's struggling, she's hurting? She's brave, being in that situation and hearing, 'Hey, you have this. Hey, it came back. This is what it can lead to.' How do you come to comfort like that in your mind? I was just happy she allowed me to do that, and it taught me a lot."
Sen'Derrick also told the Florida Times-Union that Khameyea's family's faith will help them through this tough time, and that more public figures should consider doing more for those in the community.
"It was very sad. but her and her family had a strong relationship with God. They were thankful for the time they had with Khameyea. I wanted them to know I was ready to help with anything they needed. I just tried to be some kind of comfort."
"There's a whole world going on outside that a lot of people in this business don't know about. They're so stuck in this business because it gives you so many perks, so much fame and glorifies you so much. What the hell are we glorified for? Look at her. She has to be strong. There are so many people going through that."
Our condolences to Khameyea's family, friends, and all that have been touched by her story.
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