Classmates Surprise McKinney Teen With Dance Thrown in Her Honor

A McKinney, Texas, high school student gets the surprise of her life when fellow students throw a school dance in her honor.

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McKinney high school student Kate Pepper was surprised by fellow students who threw a school dance in her honor. But first she had her make-up done and took senior photos.
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While Pepper and her boyfriend Braylon Shavers were taking these photos, friends, teachers and family were preparing for the big surprise a mile away.
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Pepper was first diagnosed with anaplastic astrocytoma, a form of brain cancer, in 2014 but beat it.
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The cancer returned last summer and this time there is no more treatment.
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A make-up artist and photographers volunteered to shoot Pepper's senior photos. "It makes me feel all nice inside," Pepper said.
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When Pepper lost her hair over the summer, she owned it in a bright-colored turquoise wig. Today, the wig is gone and her hair is back.
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Pepper's story went viral after NBC 5 reported that she was banned from wearing her wig because it violated school policy. The District later reversed its decision.
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EMPTY_CAPTION"You're the best thing in my life," Shavers told Pepper.
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Pepper did not know that following this photoshoot her night would include dinner and dancing.
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Pepper would later be met by extended family she hasn't seen in years.
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EMPTY_CAPTION"On this lovely night will you go to dinner with me gorgeous," read a sign that Shavers presented to a surprised Pepper.
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EMPTY_CAPTION"I've got you," Shavers said at one point during the photoshoot when Pepper stumbled.
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Pepper hasn't been at school that much lately.
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The week before school started for her senior year, Pepper began to lose her hair from chemotherapy and radiation.
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Pepper's mom Tyliece Pepper told NBC 5 the dance was planned "for Katilyn so that she can feel like a princess that she is."
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Pepper's homebound teacher and other students also helped plan the event.
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Pepper would become overwhelmed with emotion after arriving at the dance, telling the crowd, "you guys are nothing but blessings to me."
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EMPTY_CAPTION"You guys are amazing people and if it wasn’t for you guys I wouldn’t be able to do this," she would say.
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A GoFundMe page has been set up to help cover the cost of Pepper's medical expenses.
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EMPTY_CAPTION"I feel beautiful," Pepper said during the photoshoot and make-up experience.
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