14-year-old Joy Epps has been battling cancer for three years and is expected to soon lose that fight.
On Sunday, at the Savannah Hospice House, Joy's dream of graduating college became a reality. With the help of family and friends Joy shrugged on her cap and gown to get a special degree from Savannah State University.
"Savannah State University takes great pride in conferring the degree to Miss Joy Epps to devotion and study in the sciences, special emphasis in marine sciences, this 3rd day in February 2013 signed by the chief academic officer," said the Vice President for Academic Affairs, C. Reynold Verret, during the ceremony.
Joy said she always wanted to be a marine biologist and is glad her friends and family surrounded her on this special day.
"Do what you can to fulfill your dream and if you can't do yours try to help someone with theirs," said Joy.
Joy's mom said she's glad she got to see her baby live out her dreams.
"She's very accepting of it, she's at peace and she said she's going to go to heaven and build us a house and she asked me what color I wanted my room and I cried and said it doesn't matter as long as you are there," Leslie Epps.
If you would like to help the Epps family with final arrangements when the time comes you are asked to call Patty Kelly at 912-507-3635.
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