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SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota – Ten-year-old Rebekah Spader is fighting an uphill battle with her health. She was born with a hereditary disorder that attacks her nervous system and was later diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome, or pre-leukemia.

According to KDLT, she made a bucket list after treatment and a bone marrow transplant didn’t work.

Her brother, AJ, decided that since she was going to miss so much in the future, she should be his date to his first high school formal.

“I was nervous, yeah,” AJ said about asking Rebekah.

Parents Tony and Stephanie Spader know the hair, makeup and coordinated outfits are so exciting because Rebekah probably won’t live to see her high school years.

“The only reason it’s happening is because of the inevitable with Rebekah, but it makes me have a really happy mom heart knowing that maybe we’ve done something right raising kids that put other people first,” mom Stephanie Spader said.

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