BENTON CITY, Wash. - Life is full of memories. There are weddings, births, graduations...the list goes on. But, for one Benton City mother, the likelihood of seeing her daughter graduate was cut short after doctors recently gave her six months to live. Now, her sister is working to make her one wish come true.
"You pray that something's going to be different and that you'll get that time," said Rachel Adams, whose sister, Kara is dying from cancer.
Watching her sister's health slowly deteriorate has been one of the hardest experiences of Rachel's life. Kara Jordan was diagnosed with breast cancer back in 2009. Two years after treatment, doctors told the mother of two the cancer had spread to both her lungs and brain.
"It makes it so she can't breath, makes it so she can't eat," said Adams. "She's very ill all the time [and] she doesn't really have much of a normal life now," she continued.
Kara grew up riding horses, but like so many other things in her life, she had to give up her love for horses to focus on her health. Still, there is one thing Kara won't give up on.
"She says, 'Well I want to see my daughter graduate'. They said, 'when is that?' She said it'd be 2015.' They said, 'you're grasping,'" said Adams.
However, Rachel was determined to make her sister's wish come true. She gathered the help of friends, co-workers and even strangers; together they started planning a graduation for Kara's daughter, Rylee Smith. They setup a Facebook support page, a Craigslist ad and a donation jar at the Zips restaurant, located at 1756 Fowler Street.
When Rylee's principal at Kiona-Benton High School heard Kara's story, he also wanted to help.
"We need to honor the courage she's had through the whole process," said Wayne Barrett, the principal at Ki-Bi.
Principal Barrett agreed to not only officiate the graduation, but also hold the ceremony in the school's performing arts center.
"We're going to attempt to make it as significant and as close to the same thing as our normal graduation would be," Barrett said.
It's a gesture that will allow one mother's dream...to become a reality.
"She's going to miss out on a lot of other things, but she's not going to miss out on this," said Adams.
Rylee's graduation will be held at Kiona-Benton High School in Benton City on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. A reception will follow at the Lions Den, located at 1100 Ellen Avenue in Benton City. The public is invited.