Mattie Cole, 16, a sophomore at Madison High School, is battling a rare form of bone cancer.
Photo: Family photo
Photo: Family photo

'Bald and beautiful': Student doesn't let cancer stop her from attending prom

Her mother, Jody, described her daughter as “bald and beautiful.”

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Mattie, 16, wore a wig for part of the night but took it off because it was hot and itchy, her mother said. Mattie attended prom with several friends and went with Jessica Blevins, a senior. Justin Gray, another friend, gave Mattie a corsage to wear, her mother said.

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Before prom, the group took photos at Austin Landing in Miami Township, then ate dinner at BJ’s Brewhouse.

Jody Cole said she cried when she saw Mattie in her dress.

“Just beautiful,” her mother said.

Despite the chemotherapy treatments, Mattie Cole went to her high school prom Saturday night. She wore a wig for part of the evening, then took it off when it got hot and itchy, her mother said.
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They waited until the last minute to buy Mattie a dress because they weren’t sure if her cancer treatments would allow her to attend prom at Lake Lindsay.

Then on Sunday, Mattie returned to Cincinnati Children’s Liberty Campus to continue her chemotherapy treatments, her mother said. She will receive two-hour treatments through Thursday of this week, then receive a shot Friday to build up her bone marrow, her mother said.

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On May 2, Mattie will undergo “a very significant” surgery when her ilium will be remove and replaced by her fibula, her mother said. Rehabilitation will last several months, her mother said.

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