Friends surprise terminal teen with school dance

10:08 AM, Jan 9, 2014   |    comments
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GOLDEN VALLEY - Three years ago, doctors diagnosed 19-year old Vlad Yanstev with brain cancer.

Through his battle, his friends say he never went to a high school dance before graduating from Osseo High School in 2012.

As fate would have it, he found out recently that tumor was terminal and he would only have a few months to live.

"We're just kind of remaking a school dance for him," said friend Courtney Aydt.

She and Alex Clark, along with other friends planned to change that.

"He's expressed a lot of regret not being able to go to those," said Clark. "With his condition, we just had to do something,"

Calling it Vlad-Daze, Clark surprised Yanstev in front of dozens of their friends Tuesday night with his very own high school dance.

"I was wondering if you would be my date to first annual Vlad-Daze," asked Clark.

"Alex, that sounds incredible," replied Yanstev. "Yes!"

The group originally planned to hold the dance at the Osseo High School but the cold temperatures forced its closure. Instead they were able to score the ballroom at the Golden Valley Country Club.

Even his former teachers came to say hello and get their picture taken with the most popular kid in the school.

His friends named Vlad the honorary King and Clark his queen of the first annual Vlad-Daze.

"I want you to all know how much this means to me," he told the crowd. "I never would have been able to wake up in the morning just all of you waiting for me to push through and just make it."

It may have been three years ago Yanstev got that cancer diagnosis, but Tuesday night, even it was for just a moment, that cancer melted away.

"He is such a great person and we just want the best for him," said Clark.

(Copyright Gannett 2014)

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