Teens wear masks to prom for friend battling cancer

Jared Hill's friends all decided to wear masks to prom because he had to wear one to protect his immune system.

Tuxedos, dresses, and corsages are normal attire for prom, but a group of teens in Virginia added surgical masks to their finery last Saturday.

They did it for their friend, 18-year-old Jared Hill, who has testicular cancer.

Hill wanted to go to the prom, but his doctors said he had to wear a mask to keep his immune system from being compromised. First, his girlfriend decided she'd wear one too. Then, their friends followed suit.

"If I'm wearing the mask, sure it gets hotter quicker, but I don't notice any difference," Emily Jarrell said. "It was really touching because he was so happy."

Hill is done with chemotherapy and is doing a lot better. He hopes his story will bring additional awareness about testicular cancer, which is the most common cancer in American males between the ages of 15 and 34.
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