Teen asks dying 10-year-old sister to dance

SIOUX FALLS, SD (WCMH)– His sister Rebekah was transformed into a princess for the big dance, and it was her brother, AJ, who was her prince charming for the night.

“What girl doesn’t like to get all dressed up and beautiful,” mom Stephanie Spader said.

According to KSFY, Rebekah Spader, 10, was diagnosed with MDS, pre-leukemia, several years ago, but her big brother wanted to give her a special memory for Valentine’s Day.

“I wanted to ask my sister because she’s most likely not going to be able to experience high school. So I just thought why not ask her to formal,” AJ Spader told KSFY.

The brother and sister, from South Dakota, went to the Valentine’s winter formal at O’Gorman High School, and it could have been AJ’s first dance with a date.

“Ya, I guess but Rebekah kind of trumped them all,” AJ said.

AJ took Rebekah out to dinner with his classmates and their dates before the formal, to make sure she got the whole formal experience.

However, the night wasn’t just all about Rebekah. “Her laugh is pretty great, It’s really fun to just be around her and just make memories…I want to spend as much time with her as possible while she’s still doing good,” AJ said.

Unfortunately, Rebekah didn’t feel like dancing after the dinner, but AJ said it was OK, because she still had the memory of dressing like a princess for a night.

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