High school students who battled the same bone cancer celebrate prom together, vowing to remain ‘friends forever’

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Vivian Eagle, 17, and Cade Thompson, 18, of Indianapolis, were diagnosed with osteosarcoma.

Two teenagers who survived the same type of bone cancer attended their prom together and said they will remain ‘friends forever’.

Vivian Eagle, 17, and Cade Thompson, 18, of Indianapolis, Indiana, were diagnosed with osteosarcoma.

They were strangers who were athletes at different schools, but they went through the same struggle: Cade received his diagnosis in 2020 and Vivian was told last year.

The cancer invaded Cade and Vivian’s left legs, in almost exactly the same place.

Now, more than a year later, they are both cancer-free and attended prom together last weekend.

Vivian Eagle, 17, and Cade Thompson, 18, of Indianapolis, were diagnosed with osteosarcoma.

Speaking of her prom, Cade told NBC News, “It was really magical and it made me happy.”

Vivian said: ‘It feels like a dream.’

They met after Vivian’s mother, Katrina, who teaches at Cade’s school, called her mother, Charon.

Charon said, “I knew right away when we got the chance to meet the Eagle family that that was our why.”

Katrina: ‘The Thompsons came and gave hope. I just can’t thank you enough.

The pair had an instant bond, with Cade saying: ‘I feel like my family grew when we met them.

“Viv, I feel like we had a connection that words can’t explain because of what we went through.”

Cade added that he always told Vivian ‘it’s okay to cry’ and understood what she was going through.

Vivian, who played volleyball at Avon High, experienced a lot of pain from a blow that left her barely able to walk.

She was later diagnosed and found she had a tumor over five inches long on her leg.

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Cade helped Vivian through her ordeal with the disease and now the couple have said they will continue to be

Cade helped Vivian through her ordeal with the disease and now the couple have said they will remain “friends forever”.

Vivian told IndyStar: ‘My heart dropped. I was like, ‘What? Cancer? And the volleyball? I had just played my first tournament and then I got the diagnosis.

What is Osteosarcoma?

Osteosarcoma is a type of bone cancer that occurs most often in older children and adolescents.

It usually starts at the end of the long bones, but any bone in the body can be affected.

The definitive cause of the cancer is unknown.

As for the symptoms, one of the main ones is pain in the affected bone and there may also be swelling around it.

If the tumor is in the leg, it can cause the person to limp.

Surgery may involve amputation or removal of part of the bone.

Source: NHS report

Cade, who was training for the football season at Ben Davis High School 18 months earlier, was diagnosed with the same type of cancer.

Like Vivian, he too was concerned about how this would affect his participation in his sport and asked his parents if he would be out for the season.

The publication reported that neither will be able to play when they go to college due to their surgeries and reconstruction.

In a moving video posted by the outlet, Katrina said: “When you go into chemotherapy, you don’t know what it’s going to be like and you don’t know what the end is going to be like.”

‘And just to see her get a chance to live, because you just take it for granted.

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“You take it for granted that they’re going to get up the next day and you take the little things for granted.

‘And when she walked into the honor society and we were about a hundred people past Vivian and the tears started.

‘Because not all children who have undergone chemotherapy do not have those opportunities.

“So to see her get the chance to do the things that you just assume she’d do, her and Cade, both of them, or either of the kids, it’s touching and special.”

Speaking of Cade, Vivian told NBC: “He was always there when no one else was. There was a time, especially after surgery, when I was at my lowest point. He knew why.

There aren’t many people in the world who are always there anymore, through thick and thin, and Cade you were to me.

The teenage couple dressed for their prom – Vivian in a bright yellow maxi dress and Cade in a black suit with a matching yellow flower – as they met with their medical team.

Vivian sobbed as she told them, ‘They saw me at my worst and were always there for me or if I needed someone to talk to.

And I wanted to thank you for giving me the chance to walk on my leg again.

One of the doctors said he was “proud” of the teenagers.

Although Cade said he plans to move to New York after graduation, the couple have said they will remain “friends forever.”

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