Katelyn’s bucket list inspired supporters from all over the country when a special prom was held for her on Tuesday night. Initially she was supposed to attend, but she was admitted to the hospital that day with breathing problems.
The teen fought against an aggressive bone cancer for two years, but she was told last week that the cancer had spread and there wasn’t much that doctors could do.
Katelyn made her bucket list after finding out. That list included prom, a last slow dance, learning to drive, spending a days with each of her siblings, and seeing Italy. But the bucket list plans started falling through when the teen was admitted to the hospital. Doctors told her she couldn’t go, so her friends took the prom to her.
Katelyn enjoyed the prom, complete with disco balls, her date (wearing a white suit) and other friends in their prom finery. She also had her own prom queen sash and crown.
On Thursday night, Katelyn’s friend Kristi Buckner shared an update via the teen’s mother. She wrote, “The Drs. have sedated Kate. We pray she goes peacefully in her sleep.” An update on Friday morning confirmed Katelyn’s death, saying, “Sweet Kate went to be with the Lord at 8:23am. She is now dancing with Jesus! Rest in Peace Katelyn!”
Since her death, a Facebook page supporting Katelyn Norman has been flooded with messages of sympathy and love for her family. Her best friend, Brandon Huckaby, posted a poem called Four Candles by an unknown author shortly after she died.
Along with prom, another item on Katelyn’s bucket list was seeing Of Mice & Men in concert and getting an autographed shirt from them. The band’s fans flooded their social media accounts with links to the teen’s stories, urging them to contact her. And they did.
The band’s lead vocalist, Austin Carlile, tweeted about Katelyn earlier this week, as well as after she passed away. Carlile wrote:
“I told her not to be afraid because she wouldn’t be alone,” Carlile tweeted. “My mom is already an angel and would be taking care of her … Heaven gained another angel this morning. #RIPKatelynNorman Her light will never go out. She’ll always be in my heart. I promised her that.”
Funeral arrangements for Katelyn Norman have not been released.
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