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Generosity and Technology Give Sick Teen a Graduation
When 18-year-old Taylor Haberman wasn’t able to attend her high school graduation, her peers decided to bring her graduation to her. For most of her senior year, Taylor has been confined to a hospital bed at the University of Florida Health Shands Children’s Hospital as she awaits a heart transplant. Taylor has a 1A status, which means that she has top priority for a donor heart. If she would have attended her graduation, she would have moved down the donor list.
Streetlight, a nonprofit organization that helps adults with life-limiting diseases, set up cameras in Taylor’s room, allowing her to view her Bartram Trail High School graduation and allowing her classmates to see Taylor as well. Taylor’s 14-year-old sister carried an iPad using Facetime to virtually walk Taylor with her classmates to accept her diploma.
Several thousand people rose to their feet to give a standing ovation as Taylor’s sister accepted the diploma. Audience members wore red, pink and silver hearts to show their support of Taylor.