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90-year-old attends her first dance

May 3, 2010 at 3:34 PM

KANSAS CITY, Mo., May 3 (UPI) -- A Missouri teenager said he took his 90-year-old great-grandmother to his school prom to help her fulfill a lifelong wish.

Hasselteen Rumba, 90, said she was encouraged to make a bucket list of new experiences she wanted to try by Independence Care Center Manor activities director Tracy Bunch, who was inspired by the movie "The Bucket List," WDAF-TV, Kansas City, Mo., reported Monday.

Great-grandson Ron Blalock said he decided to help Rumba after learning that attending a dance was on her list.

"She never went to a prom and I figured I'm having a prom so she should come with me and enjoy herself," Blalock said.

Rumba said she wasn't allowed to attend dances as a teenager.

"Well about 60 years ago my folks was real strict," Rumba said. "They said oh no you're not going to a dance. I couldn't do that."

Rumba and Blalock attended the Fort Osage Prom together Saturday in Kansas City.

The 90-year-old, who already crossed off attending a concert and meeting Reba McEntire, said she has not yet decided what will be next on her bucket list.

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