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Friends throw mini high school reunion for terminally ill classmate

Posted: 10:20 PM, Jun 22, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-22 23:20:17-04
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TULSA - Keeping in contact with high school friends can sometimes be difficult, with people moving off and going their separate directions.

But when it’s a special bond, friends find a way.

“Take advantage of the time you’re given and you know, do the big things you want to do, live your life to the fullest because you never know when it might be cut short,” said Mike Horn.

Diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, Mike Horn was told by doctors he had less than a year to live.

“We heard about Mike through social media and we stayed connected over the years and we just knew we had to come back,” said Nikki Long, one of Mike's high school friends.

An impromptu mini high school reunion was held, with several of mike’s closest friends from Metro Christian Academy flying in from across the country.

“There’s a good possibility he may not be here for our 30th high school reunion which is heartbreaking to think about and so we all wanted to take the time to be there for him right now," said Heather Brooker.

The friends took a walk down memory lane, hitting a few of their favorite hangouts, and reminiscing about the simpler days.

“It’s so heartwarming to see, even though you know, so much time has passed, that they’re is still so much love and connection between all of us," said Horn.

The special group of friends are just grateful to still have Mike in their lives.

"Thank you for showing me and sharing your life with me and what a true gentlemen, a wonderful father, and a husband, and a great person is," said Long.

“To have these old friends that I haven’t talked to in so long, still be interested in getting together and giving me strength and kind of raising me up, means a tremendous amount,” Horn said.

Friends said the last time they were all together in one place was 25 years ago.

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