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Dance to remember for teen battling Leukemia

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COLCHESTER, Vt. - 8th grader Dre Brockington is ready to party.

"Getting to see all of my friends that I haven't seen in a while, and just being out of the hospital," said Dre. Brockington, who's battling Leukemia.

Friday he was dressed to impress for his middle school dance.

"I chose black and purple because purple is one of my favorite colors and it also symbolizes all cancers," said Dre.

The 13-year-old from Colchester is fighting Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

"The most positive thing you can do is stay positive and don't give up," Dre said.

But sadly it's a battle he's losing, "My bones are really brittle and can break easily," Dre said.

Dre's lungs and liver are failing and after 10 months at Boston Children's Hospital he's been sent home to make the best of the time he has left.

    Reporter: Parents do anything they can for their kids, do you feel helpless?

    Trista: I do, I feel as a parent you are there to protect your child and shelter them from things that are bad, some things are just not in your control and this one right here is not in mine.

What is in her control is making sure that Dre's life is filled with love and special memories while he's here.

"I am hoping he just has an amazing time and that he forgets about being sick," said Trista.

With the help of folks from across the community he didn't just get dropped off at the 8th grade celebration -- he got a special escort from first responders and the iconic SDI Ireland cement truck.

"I hope he has a good time tonight, and I hope this is part of it," said Rodger Brassard with Burlington Limo.

His limo and tuxedo were donated as were the flowers for his date.

"He's a really strong kid and he is really nice to everyone," said Dre's date, Michaela Lavelly.

Words that mean the world to Dre's mom, "I keep praying for a miracle. I keep hoping that he has so much to offer, to give that I will get my miracle to come through, because I can't really see my life without him, it's just hard," Trista said.

Dre's not ready for that day either for now he's focused on being a normal kid even if he's off to his last dance.

"You never know what the outcome can be so basically the easiest thing to do is to just keep staying positive," Dre said.

For more information on Acute Myeloid Leukemia and what it takes to be a bone marrow donor:

Acute Myeloid Leukemia -- http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/adultAML/Patient/page1

Bone Marrow Donation --http://bethematch.org/Support-the-Cause/Donate-bone-marrow/Donation-FAQs/


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