By ZEINAB NAJM
DEARBORN — As candles were lit, friends and family of Dearborn High School graduate Mohamad Osman shared their stories and memories during a vigil on Dec. 19 of the 18-year-old who died from cancer.
Mohamad Osman died Dec. 11 following his battle with stage four T-Cell Histocyte-Rich B-Cell Lymphoma cancer which he was diagnosed with in October 2017.
During the candlelight vigil outside of DHS, a prayer was read, a moment of silence was observed and those in attendance told their favorite memories involving Osman.
One of the memories as told by one of his friends was just before Thanksgiving this year when he and Osman were driving to a mall. Osman jokingly yelled at his friend for putting navigation on and told him he was stupid for not knowing how to get there on his own.
Another friend talked about Osman’s smile and selfless when the group of friends would hang out in the summertime during Ramadan.
Osman’s father, Hassan Osman, spoke during the vigil where he thanked the community for the support they showed his son and his family.
‘Without you I don’t know what I would’ve done,” he said. “I really appreciate your support and I really appreciate our community that stood up next to me and showed me love. I know my son he died, but it was a wedding for him at the funeral service with how many people showed up.”
Hassan Osman continued by asking those in attendance to keep whatever promises they made to his son with education, not texting while driving and not doing any harm.
“He wants to see you guys in the high,” he said. “If anyone needs any help or anything I could do, I’m a father and brother of all you guys. My house is open and my heart is open.”
DHS Principal Adam Martin was at the vigil and said Mohamad was a fabulous kid, that no one could say a negative thing about him and that everybody loved him.
Late last year and earlier this year Mohamad’s friend Malak Wazne compiled encouraging and supporting messages from classmates recorded at DHS and entitled it #OSMANSTRONG.
Mohamad graduated from DHS in June with a 3.8 cumulative GPA, took dual enrollment classes at Henry Ford College and had received a dental scholarship from the University of Detroit Mercy.
He was known to be an avid runner, being on the track and cross country teams at DHS where he first realized something was wrong in 2017 after his running pace slowed down.
Mohamad completed a blood test at Henry Ford Hospital shortly after which he was given his diagnosis and that the cancer had spread to his bone marrow, and his lymph nodes causing his organs to receive little oxygen and body inflammation.
He began chemotherapy at the University of Michigan Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor and was told his last treatment was set to be in March. Following the second round of chemotherapy, Mohamad cancer was in remission but it returned aggressively.
Next for Mohamad was the, CAR T-cell therapy treatment which engineers patients’ immune cells to treat their cancers, according to cancer.gov. With the aggressive nature of Mohamad’s cancer, his organs began shutting down.
During the vigil, Hassan Osman praised his son’s friends for coming to the hospital and spending their days and even nights by Mohamad’s side although they had finals to study for.
A funeral service for Mohamad Osman was held at the Islamic Center of America and he was buried at the Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Westland.
(Zeinab Najm can be reached at [email protected])