Fla. Teen Loses Battle to Cancer Weeks After Going to Prom With NFL Player Sen’Derrick Marks

Lynette Holloway
Jacksonville Jaguars star Sen'Derrick Marks escorts Khameyea Jennings to prom May 2, 2015.

A Jacksonville, Fla., teen who went on a dream date to her high school prom earlier this month with Jaguars tackle Sen’Derrick Marks has passed away following a long bout with cancer, reports the Florida Times-Union.

Khameyea Jennings, 18, died Thursday after a battle with liver cancer, which was diagnosed in 2013, said Cindy Hamilton, spokeswoman for Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville, the report says.


Jennings and Marks met at Wolfson, where the teen was undergoing treatment, when he brought her a bouquet of flowers and asked her to prom in an event organized by a nonprofit group.

The two went to the Frank H. Peterson Academies of Technology prom May 2 at the Jacksonville Zoo, right near the jaguar exhibit. Both were decked in white with gold trim. Marks drove the pair to the prom in his Lamborghini.


Laquandra Jennings, Khameyea’s mother, told the Times-Union at the time that her daughter enjoyed the opportunity to have a regular day with friends and her special guest.


“She said this is a day to be normal,” Jennings’ mother said, according to the newspaper, “not to have to worry about needles, chemo, potassium levels. Just a day to be a teenager and enjoy the prom.”

Read more at the Florida Times-Union.

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