Students crown freshman with cancer as homecoming queen

Students crown freshman with cancer as homecoming queen »Play Video
Homecoming Queen Maddie Lauer, wearing the tiara, is photographed with other members of the homecoming court at Beaverton High School. KATU Image.

BEAVERTON, Ore. - It's a homecoming "first" for Beaverton High School.
    
Last Thursday night they crowned a homecoming queen - but this year the school selected a freshman.

Maddie Lauer, 14, won the overwhelming popular vote and it was a big surprise for her during halftime at the school’s football game Thursday night.

Maddie has a very rare form of thyroid cancer and was diagnosed last November. Earlier this year, Maddie traveled to Hawaii thanks to Make-A-Wish Oregon.

But it was a totally different wish coming true on Thursday. "It's crazy,” Maddie said after she was crowned with a tiara at midfield.

“These guys were incredible, what they did for Maddie,” her father Dan Lauer said of the vote by the students. “I'm shocked and really excited for her. Thanks to everybody."

Maddie is currently going through an experimental treatment program but is surrounded by support from her friends at Beaverton High School as well as her family and community.