Graduation to go: illness can’t stop ceremony

(WESH) Walking across the stage at graduation is a milestone many teens can’t wait to cross.

One Florida high school senior thought he might not be able to attend, but Orlando’s Arnold Palmer Hospital made it happen.

A special team at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children made sure 18-year-old Evan Rasmussen was strapped in while nurses and staff members lined the hall.

His high school graduation was something Rasmussen’s mother, Chandra, said he has been working hard for all four years, while battling a chronic illness.

A ride in the hospital’s transport ambulance and a quick outfit change later, Rasmussen was ready to receive his diploma.

Rasmussen’s classmates at Lake Minneola High School cheered him on as he walked near the beginning of the ceremony, and then, quickly got back to Arnold Palmer for care.

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