Local teen who cares for ill brother surprised by dance studio parade

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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) Spotlight Dance Company in Killeen gave Brandilynn Herron's family the memory of a lifetime Saturday by surprising them with a parade to celebrate her graduation and her brother's fight against Leukemia.

Spotlight Dance Company in Killeen gave Brandilynn Herron's family the memory of a lifetime Saturday by surprising them with a parade to celebrate her graduation and her brother's fight against leukemia. (Photo by Alex Gibbs)

"I was just very surprised," she said.

"I didn't expect it."

Her brother, Gavin, was diagnosed with leukemia more than a year ago.

With their mother, KC, working full-time as a 911 operator, Brandilynn stayed home to help take care of her brother.

Their only solace was her local dance studio where she's competed for the last few years.

"She has to come in and have private lessons with our instructors," said owner and choreographer Tabatha Lemacks.

"Gavin would come in here, lay on the mat and watch her dance and enjoy watching his sister perform because he doesn't always get a chance to go to the competition."

Unfortunately, COVID-19 hit which completely canceled plans for any competition.

Even worse, she won't be able to walk the stage for graduation.

That's when Lemacks and the studio decided to throw a parade.

"It's just something that we wanted to do just to show that our studio is more than just a dance studio," she said.

"We're all family."

As the family watched, Gavin burst into dance.

For their mother, only pure joy and gratitude.

"They're totally amazing and I couldn't have made it through last year without many of them," Herron said.

For Brandilynn, it only excited her more to get back to dancing.

"I started crying a little bit," she said.

"Every day it's more and more so I'm excited to get back in the studio with them. They didn't have to do this and it just shows that they're just good people."