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A Scottish Teen Fulfilled His Dying Wish Of Taking His Girlfriend To The Prom

The school organised the touching event after doctors said the teenager didn’t have long left to live.

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Jak Trueman was diagnosed with terminal T-cell lymphoma in August, and last week, just before he died, he fulfilled his final wish: to take his girlfriend to the school prom.

Gordon Jack / scotimage

West Calder High School – in his home town, West Lothian in Scotland – organised the prom at the last minute after doctors told him he was dying the week before.

He attended his prom with his 14-year-old long-term girlfriend, Hannah Boyd.

Gordon Jack / scotimage

Boyd and other tearful classmates were thrilled by the event for Trueman, and tweeted messages of support throughout the prom:

thank you SO MUCH to everyone to making this prom happen and for all your unconditional support💖 U guys are incredible!!💗x

•hannah•@hannah_boyydFollow

thank you SO MUCH to everyone to making this prom happen and for all your unconditional support U guys are incredible!!x

9:14 PM - 31 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Jaks prom looked amazing and hannah looked beautiful hope everyone had an amazing time! 👫👗 #teamjak

lauren✨@laurenhurryFollow

Jaks prom looked amazing and hannah looked beautiful hope everyone had an amazing time! #teamjak

10:47 PM - 31 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Filming something for Jak Trueman and his family, heartbreaking what they're going through but what a truly inspirational young man #teamjak

Cal-El @CallumRoach95Follow

Filming something for Jak Trueman and his family, heartbreaking what they're going through but what a truly inspirational young man #teamjak

7:46 PM - 31 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

So proud of this guy, even more proud to call him a friend! Your an inspiration Jak💛💛 #TeamJak

Rory@RoryGrindlay_Follow

So proud of this guy, even more proud to call him a friend! Your an inspiration Jak #TeamJak

6:50 PM - 28 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Can't thank the amazing teachers that we have at WCHS for organising tonight! We have the BEST set of teaching staff ever! #teamjak 🎉🎉🎉

Erin@crichton_erinFollow

Can't thank the amazing teachers that we have at WCHS for organising tonight! We have the BEST set of teaching staff ever! #teamjak

11:54 PM - 31 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Trueman could only stay for a short time at the prom as he started to feel unwell, but he was delighted by the event.

He wrote this message later that evening:

I would just like to make a massive apology for me only turning up and then having to go again :( I was gutted and really sad as I never spoke to anyone, but I took really unwell really quickly as I had been lying in bed for 3 days without hardly moving. Thank you to everyone who organised it and came along, even just knowing it was all happening for me makes me smile.

In a Facebook post, his mother, Alison Trueman, said his death had left her and her family "devastated and heartbroken".

She said:

The prom was about my boy and Hannah. He managed to make the evening for 10 minutes through wonderful courage and determination. Jak and Hannah are exceptionally close and I think it is absolutely magical that the school brought the prom forward, what they have done this for both of them.

His classmates have been tweeting their heartfelt condolences using the hashtag “#TeamJak”.

R.I.P. Jak Trueman. Family and friends are in our thoughts, strength to you all. #teamjak @jaksjourney

West Calder High@WestCalderHighFollow

R.I.P. Jak Trueman. Family and friends are in our thoughts, strength to you all. #teamjak @jaksjourney

5:22 PM - 02 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Devastated 💛💙 #teamjak #TheresOnlyOneJakTrueman

Proud to have been part of the journey. #teamjak #theresonlyoneJakTrueman #JakTrueman

Jessie.@YourOpheliac_Follow

Proud to have been part of the journey.

#teamjak #theresonlyoneJakTrueman #JakTrueman

5:24 PM - 02 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

The football team Trueman supported, Rangers, also shared their condolences.

Everyone at #Rangers Football Club is deeply saddened to hear that Jak Trueman lost his battle with cancer earlier today.

Rangers FC@RangersFCFollow

Everyone at #Rangers Football Club is deeply saddened to hear that Jak Trueman lost his battle with cancer earlier today.

9:05 PM - 02 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

And classmates wore gold ties to school to honour him.

Trueman's story has inspired people to raise over £50,000 on his JustGiving page in less than a week for the charity Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

OMG! Pupils of WCHS generous does not even cover it! #teamjak

West Calder High@WestCalderHighFollow

OMG! Pupils of WCHS generous does not even cover it! #teamjak

6:43 PM - 31 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Rossalyn Warren is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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