DICKSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – Dickson County High School held a special graduation on Tuesday afternoon for a local teen battling cancer.
Peyton Arnold, 19, is fighting leukemia for the third time.
Arnold was not able to graduate with his class last May because he was undergoing treatment.
The school was determined to give Peyton the experience that every high school student should have.
During the special ceremony Tuesday, his classmates gathered on the football field to support Arnold as he finally got to experience an important life milestone.
“It means more than I could ever explain. I just love it. It made me so happy. It means a lot,” Peyton told News 2.
The band played and students and family members cheered as the teen accepted his diploma.
People were moved to tears during the ceremony and talked to News 2 about how brave Peyton has been during his fight with cancer, which first began when he was just 12 years old.
There’s been a huge campaign in the community called “Pray for Peyton,” and two separate events have recently raised $30,000 for his family.
“Just thank you, and please keep praying. I appreciate everybody so much,” he said.
Peyton also told News 2 it’s that support that has gotten him through some very difficult times.