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Prom comes to high school senior battling cancer in hospital

TUCSON — With a wire attached to her bald head, 18-year-old Julia Moser is getting her make-up on in her hospital bed.

“She likes her eyelashes done,” her sister, Amanda said.

“When your future’s uncertain, you don’t dwell on it,” Russ Moser, Julia’s father said.

Julia has stage 4 brain cancer

“Oh, it breaks my heart,” Russ said.

Last May Julia had a brain bleed. Doctors removed half her skull to relieve the pressure.

Several months and several surgeries later, doctors removed a tumor.

It was a Glioblastoma.

“That’s a very aggressive, deadly cancer,” Russ said. “So a lot of things go through your mind.”

“It’s hard, it’s a lot,” Julia said. “I went from having a normal life to just everything just going horrible. I just didn’t believe it until finally reality hit me. But you got to make the best of it, sounds crazy, but you have to.”

“She’s going to beat this,” Russ said, “and she wants to make sure no other 17-year-old girl gets told she has stage 4 Glioblastoma and it’s incurable.”

Julia is missing prom night, Saturday.

“I really thought I was going to be able to make it,” she said.

Little does she know, prom is coming to her.

“We don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow,” Russ said. “We’ve learned nothing Is promised but we’re okay with that right now.”

“It’s crazy but I have no choice so you kind of just got to do it, the best you can,” Julia said.

Julia hopes to graduate from Palo Verde High School next month.

Her family has set up a GoFundMe to help with medical bills.


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