Rebekah Spader's family was informed by doctors that the 10-year-old may not make it to her teenage years. Four years ago, Rebekah had been diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome, ABC News reports. The family opted not to pursue another form of treatment after a bone marrow transplant had failed.

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The diagnosis undoubtedly weighed heavy on her parents and brother, 15-year-old AJ Spader. With AJ's winter formal right around the corner, the teenager had an idea that he and his family will likely never forget. He would ask his sister Rebekah to be his date. "She's most likely not going to be able to experience high school," he told the news outlet in February 2016, "so, I just thought why not ask her to the formal."


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In most scenarios, a high schooler bringing his 10-year-old sister to a dance may raise some eyebrows, but in this case, it was sure to warm some hearts. AJ wanted his sister to experience something that many young girls dream about. "I want to spend as much time with her as possible while she's still doing good," he remarked.

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"What girl doesn’t like to get all dressed up and beautiful?" mom Stephanie asked FOX6 News. In her winter formal attire, complete with a tiara and a corsage on her wrist, Rebekah took pictures with her brother and his friends and then had a lively dinner together. Although her brother and his friends wound up at O’Gorman High School, Rebekah wasn't up to the dance. But there's no denying it was a special night for all involved.

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You can watch an interview with the Spader family below, as well as get a glimpse at Rebekah's memorable night.