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'Friends for life' throw surprise prom for teenager who battled cancer

This is the heartwarming moment a teenager recovering from cancer was surprised by her friends - with a prom night just for her.

Molly Harrison, who's 17 and from Cannock, missed her own prom as she underwent gruelling treatment following a shock cancer diagnosis.

Molly, a pupil at the town's Cardinal Griffin Catholic College, spent her 17th birthday in hospital and sadly also missed her high school prom.

The teenager had to make do with following the big night on social media from her hospital bed.

The moment the prom surprise was sprung on Molly. Credit: CLIC Sargent

Unbeknownst to Molly, her best friends Harriet Murray, Caitlin Cooper, Bekky Dudley and Joanna Antoszkiewicz, all 17, were hatching a plot to make up for their friend's disappointment - which they eventually revealed to her.

In the video a friend can be heard saying: "We've been lying to you for three months...we've got everyone from Griffin...we're doing prom."

Molly is visibly moved and asks for a tissue before the friends hug.

After the prom the teenager said she couldn't believe her friends had kept the big event a secret.

I was in total shock. I had absolutely no idea, I was just speechless. I just asked them how long have you been doing this? I remember looking at them thinking: Is this a joke? Are you kidding? We all started to cry. It was like everyone knew but me, I couldn’t believe no one let it slip.

– Molly Harrison

The prom also raised nearly £2,500 for charity CLIC Sargent which supports the families of young people with cancer. It was held at Cannock's Premier Suite.

Molly described her big entrance:

We all walked into the venue together and everyone started to clap. It was so surreal, I didn’t realise how many people knew or cared. Seeing everyone made me realise how amazing people are when they come together. Everyone put aside any differences and danced all night together raising money for a great cause.

– Molly Harrison
Molly and friends at her 'secret' prom. Credit: CLIC Sargent

Molly received a diagnosis of stage four Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in July last year after suffering constant itching, breathlessness, night sweats, fatigue and a cough that would not go away.

She said: "I just put it down to exam stress because I was studying for my GSCE’s."

Following tests, a mass was found across Molly’s chest that caused one of her lungs to collapse. After further tests and a biopsy at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Molly and her family received the devastating news that she had cancer.

Despite suffering with the undiagnosed cancer at the time of her GCSEs, Molly achieved five A*s, two A's and three B's.

School friend Harriet said the group wanted to celebrate how far Molly had come. Family, friends and even past teachers attended the prom to show their support.

The amazing night and memories was just a bonus. The hardest part was keeping it a secret from Molly, as literally everyone knew except for her. Finally, we can say that we gave Molly the prom night she deserved.

– Harriet Murray
Molly's friends visit her in hospital. Credit: CLIC Sargent

Molly, who is now in remission, said her friends were the "the most beautiful people inside and out."

They have exceeded anything I could ever imagine anyone ever doing for me. We have been through the toughest of times together and I know if we can get through this we can get through anything. I have a group of friends for life and I love them more than words can say.

– Molly Harrison