A 13-year-old Utah girl battling terminal cancer made an unbelievably selfless gesture when asked by the Make-A-Wish Foundation what she wanted.
Instead of a trip to Disney World or a chance to meet her favorite athlete, Jayci Glover asked the foundation to buy a new scoreboard for the high school gymnasium in her hometown of Kanab, Utah.
Before a Kanab High School basketball game on Wednesday, Feb. 12, the Make-A-Wish Foundation presented a check for $7,500 to Principal Brenan Jackson in Glover's name, with the expressed purpose of buying a new scoreboard for the gym. The boy's basketball team also donned black T-shirts reading "Fight Like Jayci" to pay tribute to the brave teenager and each member of the home team gave her a rose and a hug or kiss prior to the game.
Glover has been fighting a rare form of terminal lymphoma for nearly a year. The treatments have mostly kept her in Salt Lake City – a five-hour drive from her small Southern Utah hometown. On Feb. 7, Glover's family made the decision to bring her home so she could be comfortable and spend more time with friends and family.
The community has rallied around Glover in recent months and showed support for her by turning out in droves to cheer her on when she came home.
"[We came] around the turn into Kanab. We saw the whole town there," Jayci's father, Coby Glover told KSL.com. The welcome was apparently a complete surprise to Jayci. "I tried to wave and smile but everyone was crying, she said. [There were] a lot of people. It was kind of overwhelming, but really awesome."
The teenager's touching story reached beyond the small Utah town. R&B singer Jordin Sparks serenaded Glover via YouTube in a video published on Feb. 12.
If you'd like to donate to Jayci Glover's cause, a fundraising site has been set up in her name.