MEMPHIS, TN - (WMC-TV) – A Virginia High School student missed his chance to walk on this year's Homecoming Court because he is being treated here at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. With the help of an incredibly supportive hometown, Action News 5 was able to help bring tonight's festivities to Memphis.
14-year-old Evan Rasnick is watching his hometown football game in Southwest Virginia.
"I haven't watched a single game the whole season. It's kind of a bummer not getting to watch my brother play," Evan said.
Evan has been at St. Jude since May. This game is special for him and his mother.
"I've seen one game and my son Nathan's a senior. This right here means everything to me," Cindy Rasnick said.
It is homecoming, and Evan's freshman class chose him for the homecoming court.
The freshman class chose Evan. As you know he can't be here so his friend is walking for him.
"He's probably my true friend. He's had my back ever since we first became friends. Means a lot," Evan said.
A true, true friend.
"H got sharpened up. He got him a tie and everything. He got a haircut," said Evan.
Hunter Dickinson cut his long hair for his friend.
"Oh we did. We just got the ball back. Yes we did, we just got the ball back," Evan said commenting on the game.
Watching the game and homecoming ceremony was very emotional for Evan's mother who wiped away tears.
When Evan found out he had cancer, his motto became "God's got this." There are signs around his hometown and a lot of support for him and his family. And now they may have to start bowing to this courageous 14-year-old.
"Honorary King! Baby, that's pretty good," Evan's mom said.
That's right, royalty. Evan Rasnick was named honorary king at homecoming.