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Loving mother's dying wish granted at daughter’s graduation

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Joan David and her family (Source: Adam David) Joan David and her family (Source: Adam David)
FREELAND, MI (WNEM) -

A mother's dying wish was granted Thursday night at Freeland High School.

High school graduates were excited to cross the stage, but for senior Emma David, this night had a deeper meaning.

Emma's mother, Joan David, was diagnosed with terminal cancer four years ago.  She has two kids, an older son and Emma. It has been Joan David's final wish to watch her daughter walk the stage and accept her diploma.

"That really wouldn't be fair if I saw my son graduate and I didn't see my daughter, and now they know that it's not really good, they understand a little bit more," said Joan David.

Joan David is scheduled to go into surgery Friday morning and doctors have told her she can't leave the hospital. But Thursday night, she watched Emma make the slow walk across the stage. It's a secret how it happened. But it's no secret why it happened.  It is the extreme love she has for her two kids.

"I love her to death, and I'm glad that she knows that I turned around and did good," said Emma.

Joan David said it is God who helped make this possible.  She said she knows at some point, time will run out, but fulfilling this last wish and to be able to see her daughter graduate is a lifelong satisfaction.

"I'll make it further and I'll still push her on where she needs to go, before God takes me, he'll keep me here, until I put them in their right direction," said Joan David.

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