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A Group Of High Schools Seniors Gave A Terminally Ill Boy A Special Graduation Ceremony

The seniors at Tri-City High School in Illinois decided to honor little Jordan Planitz at their ceremony, since he will not make it to his own.

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Jordan Planitz was born with a condition called MPPH syndrome. His mom Deanna explained to BuzzFeed News that it essentially means her child was born with a brain too big for his skull.


The condition is terminal, and Jordan deals with health problems such as seizures and other issues. Despite this, he is an energetic and happy child. "For somebody who is terminal he has touched a lot of lives," his mom said.

Last year, Jordan was invited to be the "principal for a day" at Tri-City High School in Buffalo. Principal Dustin Day told BuzzFeed News the school works with a local hospital to pick kids for the program, which lets the kids "run the school" for a day.

During his stint as principal, Jordan and the seniors formed a special bond. Months later, Day said three of the seniors came to him and asked if they could include Jordan in their ceremony.

At the graduation, Jordan sat in the front row and got his own diploma. Planitz said the day was emotional because she never thought she would see her son graduate. “It was something that I had just come to terms with was not going to happen," she said.

Stephanie McNeal is a social news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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