He was diagnosed with terminal T-Cell Lymphoma in August last year. When his condition deteriorated and scans showed cancer had spread throughout his body, the Scottish High school brought the annual prom date forward.
The teenager needed pain relief to attend and his family feared he wouldn't survive the whole night at the event. More than 200 teachers and tearful pupils applauded his 10 minute effort, which he managed with courage and determination.
In his last days, he'll be raising cash for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research charity. 'Team Jak' will offer additional support for youngsters battling cancer. Thanks to hundreds of supporters worldwide, he has raised more than £33,000 in less than a week.
The young couple had been going out for almost two years.
What a story that young girl will have to tell in the future, although I'm sure that's the last thing on her mind right now. Some traumatic events live in the memory our whole lives. They can 'either make us or break us.' I hope she accepts this stroke of fate with the same fortitude as he showed.
I'm sure painful events have affected us all. I've lived through a divorce, moved alone to another country and found a job there, seen the death of two of my adult children and a separation from the third, and now I'm supporting my wonderful second husband with his prostate cancer. Each strike from life's hammer has made me a stronger person.
How about you?