Wekiva High School senior defensive tackle Tashawn Manning is fighting a rare form of leukemia, with daily chemotherapy appointments at Florida Hospital for Children. On March 21, his appointment was anything but routine. Seventeen-year-old Manning surprised his girlfriend with a "promposal" during his regularly scheduled treatment.
Manning, dressed in scrubs, diagnosed his girlfriend with “promitusism,” a condition where “you don’t have a date, or you’re not going to prom,” as he explained. “I cured her of that.”
Manning’s girlfriend, Victoria Green, was emotional as she walked into the treatment room to see cameras all around capturing the special moment.
“It was a big surprise,” said Green. “I was not expecting this at all.”
Manning was diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia in November. He has been receiving treatment at Florida Hospital for Children, and his care team helped plan the heartwarming moment.
“There were some tears behind the nurses’ station,” said Emily Onderick, a child life specialist with Florida Hospital for Children. “We were excited for him and just so happy that he has something to normalize this whole experience.”
Manning has signed with the Auburn Tigers, and the team is maintaining their commitment to him while he undergoes treatment and recovery.