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A Cabot girl battling cancer traded in her hospital gown for a ball gown Thursday as her school gave her a special homecoming.
(KARK) -- A Cabot girl battling cancer traded in her hospital gown for a ball gown Thursday as her school gave her a special homecoming.

Kaitlyn Campbell, 13, was supposed to undergo chemotherapy at Arkansas Children's Hospital on Thursday, but her doctor and family put it off a day so she could go back to school and receive this special honor.

After the homecoming game, students at Cabot Junior High School South honored their classmate Kaitlyn eighth grade Homecoming Maid. It's a night she's been looking forward to.

"To see her in Homecoming is one thing, but for her to be ill at Homecoming is another thing. It's just really emotional for all of us," said Connie Weaver, Kaitlyn's Grandaunt.

Students, teachers and families packed the stands cheering as the announcer introduced Kaitlyn on the football field.

"I cried, we all cried, thankful," Weaver said.

In April, doctors diagnosed the 13-year-old with Ewing Sarcoma, a type of bone cancer. Kaitlyn hasn't been to school at all this year, so this truly was a special homecoming for her.

"She loves it, she loves her school, she loves her friends," Weaver said.

Friends like Lexi Robertson who've stayed by her side.

"Walking into that room seeing the look on her face, she was still smiling as always, but I can still see the look in her eyes like, 'What do I do? I'm obviously scared.' And who wouldn't be in that situation," Robertson said.

Kaitlyn's bravery serves as an inspiration to everyone at the homecoming game.

"Sharing it with friends is always a plus, and then someone who is as inspiring as Kaitlyn, that's even better," Robertson said.

Her family and friends walking away encouraged and thankful to be apart of this precious girl's life.

"No matter what you're going through, you're still beautiful, just like Kaitlyn is," Robertson said.

Kaitlyn is looking forward to going back to school and playing softball again. She's played softball for about seven years.
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