Jaguars defensive end takes cancer patient to prom

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Eighteen-year-old Khameyea Jennings almost didn't go to her senior prom on Saturday night, but when her grandmother, who recently died from cancer, told her to go, she changed her mind. Thanks to the local non-profit Dreams Come True, she got a pretty cool date for the night... Jaguars' defensive end Sen'Derrick Marks.

He brought her to the Franklin H. Peterson prom in style - in his Lamborghini. The prom was held at the Jacksonville Zoo, right next to the jaguar exhibit.

"I look good, I think my date looks good, we'll have a great night," said Marks, now a good friend of Jennings. "I always want to be there for her here on out."

Jennings was diagnosed with liver cancer on Mother's Day two years ago. She was only 16-years-old.

"We're trying to make it, we're trying to get there," said her great-aunt Susan Philpot. "We've been praying for her, she's been strong - she's been a brilliant young lady going through what she's going through."

At the beginning of last year Jennings had surgery to get the cancerous tumor in her lungs removed, but it recently came back and it's not shrinking, said her mother LaQuanda.

The high school held an early graduation just for her at the beginning of the year.

But Saturday was just about being a 'normal' teenager.

Her mom said she's weak, but only physically, because her energy, her attitude and her smile impacted just about everyone at prom.

"We get a lot of bumps and bruises from tackling, but nothing like she's going through," said Marks. "Tonight I just want make sure she has fun and keeps that smile on her face."

Jennings' mom is also hoping anybody who saw her story tonight and has some ideas or advice when it comes to "natural remedies" will contact her with suggestions since Khameyea is no longer responding to chemo. If you have any suggestions you can email Shelby Danielsen at sdanielsen@firstcoastnews.com


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