Nursing student with cancer gets a surprise pinning ceremony at her bedside

Over 100 people came to a surprise pinning ceremony for their fellow classmate Julie, who was recently given a grave cancer diagnosis.

(CNN)One minute she was a healthy nursing student, and the next she was a patient.

Julie Harless was trying to become an RN at 50, but a recent diagnosis made her believe that dream would never be achieved.
Harless decided to go back to school in 2017 to earn a degree from Ashland Community & Technical College in Kentucky. She had been working as a nursing assistant for almost two decades.
But last week she was diagnosed with stage 4 lung and ovarian cancer, and it was also found in her hips and tailbone. Her condition rapidly declined.
Julie Harless with her sons Jordan and Brad.
"Last month, she was sitting in class smiling," Natalie Robinson, the school's nursing program coordinator, told CNN affiliate WSAZ. "This month, she's in hospice."
Her classmates learned she was not expected to live to their graduation in May 2020. So, they decided to bring the honor to her bedside.
"Julie kept saying, 'Well, all this hard work I've done is for nothing.' We wanted her to know it was worth it," Robinson said.