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article imageHigh school senior fulfills dying mother's wish

By Eliana Robinson     May 12, 2014 in Lifestyle
Maryland mom Darlene Sugg began home hospice in April. But even cancer couldn’t stop her from seeing her daughter, Megan, graduate.
Darlene Sugg had been fighting cancer since her daughter started high school. She left her position at the National Security Administration to focus on her health and family. She experienced a remission after her original diagnosis in 2010, but her colorectal cancer began to metastasize or spread. Yet from the beginning, she remained resolute about her goal – she wanted to see her daughter graduate from high school.
When Darlene began home hospice last month, her family knew the situation was quite serious. Despite the deteriorating prognosis, Megan continued to focus on her studies which is what she knew her parents wanted. Last week, her mother’s condition began to worsen. Her father, Steve, did not want to disappoint his wife or his daughter. So, he decided to accept a Glen Burnie High School counselor’s offer to organize an early graduation ceremony.
Kristin Canevazzi understood the importance and meaning of the experience, saying "I know how proud her mom is of her and we really wanted to give her family a special time.” She went on to praise Megan personally, saying “...because as much as she’s had going on, she’s pushed through and is going to graduate high school.”
On Thursday, Glen Burnie High School Principal Vicki Plitt, Assistant Principal Clayton Culp, and Canevazzi in their caps-and-gowns joined the Sugg family. Steve said his wife was “glowing” as she watched her daughter receive her diploma.
But Darlene Sugg wanted one more memory to take with her and she got it. The next day, she was able to see Megan, on her way to the prom, in a gorgeous peach dress.
Sadly, she passed away on the Saturday afternoon before Mother’s Day, still holding her husband’s hand.
"It was bittersweet," Megan said. "I was glad Mom got to see me graduate, but I was sad to know that was the last moment I'm going to have with her."
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