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Dad with cancer takes daughter with special needs to Aplington-Parkersburg prom

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Teri Sivola was escorted down the red carpet by her father, Ed. Teri Sivola was escorted down the red carpet by her father, Ed.
The Sivola family spent all day getting ready for the prom. The Sivola family spent all day getting ready for the prom.
"I could have won the lottery...instead I got her." -Ed Sivola "I could have won the lottery...instead I got her." -Ed Sivola
PARKERSBURG (KWWL) - High school prom is a big deal at a lot of schools.

People in Aplington-Parkersburg celebrate every year; they even roll out the red carpet.

But this year was special for one father and his daughter.

Susan Sivola spent Saturday getting her husband and her 17-year-old daughter ready for the prom.

She said they started with bubble baths and then moved onto styling her daughter Teri's hair.

"I don't know if it's going to stay that way in this wind," she said.

Still, Susan wanted her daughter to look perfect for the prom.

"She's a junior, and it's her first time going to prom, so it's pretty special," she said.

Teri was born with a rare brain malformation, so going to the dance is another way for her to feel like the rest of her classmates at Aplington-Parkersburg High School.

But what made the night even more special was her father as her date.

"I'm taking my daughter down to the prom, and I'm very looking forward to it," said Eddie.

Ed's cancer is back, for a third time.

"I've got into a situation where my cancer is really starting to get me, and we'll see how long I go," he said.

Last week, Ed was walking. Now, the cancer has spread so quickly and he's in a wheelchair.

Even so, he said he'd never miss the opportunity to take his daughter to a dance.

"I could have won the lottery...but I got lucky and got her!" he said.

The Sivola's son, Scott, is an Aplington-Parkersburg graduate. He spent the afternoon taking photos and saved seats for the red carpet debut.

"Now coming up the red carpet, we have Teri Sivola escorted by her dad," said an announcer shortly before 7:00 p.m.

For the Sivolas, memories like Saturday's prom, are what life is all about.

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