LILBURN, Ga.-- Annie Cusack, 18, had been looking forward to her high school graduation from the George Walton Academy all year.
"I really wanted my parents, especially my dad, to see my walk across that stage," said Annie Cusack.
Unfortunately, Annie came down with kidney stones Saturday morning and never attended the ceremony. It was a devastating blow, considering what her family has endured this year.
Just as she was beginning her senior year, Annie's father was diagnosed with colon cancer. Her mother, Kathy, said that took its toll on her daughter.
"It was really hard for Annie to see her daddy sick. The staff at George Walton Academy really took her under their wing and would ask her often how she was doing," said Kathy Cusack.