Fifteen-year-old AJ Spader was getting ready for his first high school formal dance, and when it came to his date, he only had one girl in mind — his ten-year-old sister Rebekah. She suffers from a myelodysplastic syndrome, a condition that disrupts the production of blood cells in bone marrow.
Several treatments have been unsuccessful, and her family has grown accustomed to the fact that Rebekah may not ever see a full life.
“She’s most likely not going to be able to experience high school. So, I just thought why not ask her to the formal,” AJ said.
He painted the motto “unbroken, brave, and blessed” on a big banner to ask her to the dance, and Rebekah obliged.
“It’s fun to watch her live a part of life where the disease doesn’t creep in, where she is just excited to be going and doing something,” said dad Tony. “A lot of the time it …