Teen dies of cancer weeks after being escorted to prom by NFL player

A Florida high school senior escorted to prom by an NFL player earlier this month has died following a battle with liver cancer.

Khameyea Jennings, 18, who attended her school’s prom with Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks on May 2, passed away on Thursday, a Wolfson Children’s Hospital spokeswoman, Cindy Hamilton, told The Florida Times-Union.

Jennings was diagnosed with liver cancer in 2013 when she was 16 and had been undergoing treatment at the hospital when she was surprised by 28-year-old Marks with a promposal.

On prom night, Marks told the Florida Times-Union that he wanted to make a difference.

‘I want to do something where you actually make someone’s day, to make a difference in someone’s life,’ he said.

In the promposal video, Jennings is speechless when Marks enters her hospital room with a large bouquet of red roses.

He assures her that he has already cleared the plans with her mom before asking if he can take her to prom.

‘What color should I wear?’ he goes on to ask her, and questions whether she would prefer that he wear his hair down or in a ponytail. The stunned high school student gives him direction on both accounts.

On the night of the school dance at the Jacksonville Zoo, Jennings was looking forward to a night without needles and chemo, Laquandra Jennings, her mother, told CBS News at the time.

It was also a night of glamour thanks to local nonprofit Dreams Come True who helped make it possible for Jennings to be treated to an unforgettable night with an A-list date.

Marks picked her up in his Lamborghini, wearing a white suit and gold tie to match her white and gold dress.

When they arrived, classmates stood in rows and cheered as Marks pushed her wheelchair inside.

‘We get a lot of bumps and bruises from tackling, but nothing like she’s going through,’ Marks told First Coast News on prom night.

‘Tonight I just want make sure she has fun and keeps that smile on her face.

‘I look good, I think my date looks good, we’ll have a great night,’ he added.

On May 4 Marks shared a heart-felt post on Twitter in honor of Jennings.

The tweet read: ‘Continue to fight and show others the Strength and faith u have Khameyea. #angelonearth #khameyeajennings.’

The Florida Times-Union reported that information about funeral services was not available.

Source: The DailyMail

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