Teenager battling cancer brings Miss New Jersey to homecoming

ByEyewitness News WABC logo
Monday, October 19, 2015

MANCHESTER, Pa. -- A Pennsylvania teenager will be talking about his homecoming night for a long time, after landing a date a little out of his league, and out of high school.

Marcus Josey is battling leukemia. He wanted to make the date special, so he reached out to Miss New Jersey, Lindsey Giannini.

She was so touched by his story and his bravery, that she accepted his invitation, sparking some jealousy from his classmates.

"Yeah, there is some jealousy, I mean, but most of my friends are excited for me though," said Marcus.

"Everyone should be jealous of me, I have a great date," said Lindsey.

The two arrived by limo at the venue in Manchester, Pennsylvania.

Josey says he initially didn't have a date, so he just decided to go out on a limb and invite Giannini.

The homecoming was a first for Giannini, because she missed her own four years ago.

Josey has been battling lymphoblastic leukemia for about six months.