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Hospice hosts teen's graduation so mom can attend

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NEWARK, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio mother who has late-stage, inoperable cancer got to see her 17-year-old daughter's graduation in a special ceremony held in her hospital room.

Seventeen-year-old Evie Shumaker was supposed to graduate from Newark Digital Academy in central Ohio on May 31.

But when she told her teachers that her mom, 57-year-old Melissa Shumaker, had advanced pancreatic cancer, they decided to organize an impromptu graduation celebration on Monday.

The teen dressed in a cap and gown, "Pomp and Circumstance" was played on a cellphone and Shumaker saw school officials hand her daughter a diploma. Evie tells The (Newark) Advocate that God has blessed her because she didn't think her mom would see her graduate.

Melissa Shumaker is in hospice care at Licking Memorial Hospital.

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