NFL Player Takes Cancer-Stricken Teen to Prom
Jacksonville Jaguars player Sen’Derrick Marks earned major points off the field recently by making a special fan’s prom night a night to remember.
The 28-year-old defensive tackle surprised Khameyea Jennings, who was diagnosed with liver cancer on Mother’s Day 2013, by showing up to her room at the Wolfson Children’s Hospital with a large bouquet of flowers and asking if he could her date to prom.
“I talked with your mom, she said it’s OK,” Marks asked Jennings. “And I heard you have prom this weekend, and I wanted to know if I could take you to prom?”
The excited 18-year-old quickly agreed.
“I know nothing about sports, but I like him,” she later said.
Dreams Come True of Jacksonville, a nonprofit organization dedicated to granting the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses, had approached the Jaguars about the prom invitation, and Marks jumped at the opportunity to make the young girl’s prom night special .
“I really want to make a difference,” Marks said. “I want to do something where you actually make someone’s day, to make a ‘difference in someone’s life.”
Jennings’ mom Laquandra noted how much of a difference the NFL player made for her daughter’s prom night.
“She said this is a day to be normal,” the mom said. “Not to have to worry about needles, chemo, potassium levels. Just a day to be a teenager and enjoy the prom.”
For the special night , Jennings wore a beautiful white gown and a tiara presented to her Marks and his fiancée Rayan White. The duo arrived to the occasion in a Lamborghini Gallardo.
Take a look at the photos below!
(Photo Credit: Bob Mack/ Jacksonville Times)