High school senior graduates at bedside of dying mother

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ASHEBORO, N.C. -- Mayerline Obando’s mother, Carla Perez, didn’t know if she’d live long enough to witness her daughter graduate high school.

So Asheboro High School brought the graduation to her bedside at the North Carolina Cancer Hospital in Chapel Hill Wednesday -- two days ahead of the scheduled graduation.

Asheboro High Principal Dr. Penny Crooks delivered a speech and diploma.

It was one of Obando's last moments with her mother, who was battling cancer. “She said congratulations,” Obando said.

Perez died the next day, but not before she heard how much of a light her daughter is to the world.

“No matter what the day was like she always smiled for me,” Crooks said at Wednesday’s ceremony.

Obando’s education meant the world to her mom. “She’s very proud of me,”Obando said.

Inspired by her mom, Obando plans to become a massage therapist. She gave her parents' massages often. “She was always there for me. She’s a great mom in general. She’s very supportive,” Obando said.

The Salvation Army of Asheboro is grilling to raise funds for funeral costs for the family of Perez Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the 472 E. Dixie Drive location. They’re accepting donations through the Salvation Army, which can be reached at (336) 328-0891.

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