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Over 1,000 people attended the prom for Wisconsin teen choosing to die

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A Wisconsin teen celebrated her dying wish over the weekend.

Jerika Bolen has type II spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) – a neurological disease that cannot be cured, and will eventually cause Bolen to lose control of her muscles and die.

After suffering the pain of her disease for 14 years, Bolen has chosen to go into hospice care and die by her own terms.

But she has a few last wishes, and took care of one of them on Friday night at her "Last Dance."

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By the looks of the photos and updates from Bolen's Facebook, it was a prom fit for a queen, complete with a disco ball, music, flowers, and a My Chemical Romance-themed cake.

Bolen was surrounded by her family and friends that she has been unable to see for awhile. She wore a green dress and shared a special dance with her mother to Martina McBride's "In My Daughter's Eyes."

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The event was open to the public, and over 1,000 people showed up to the Grand Meridian ballroom in Appleton, according to USA Today.

Guests included one of Bolen's favorite YouTube stars, Richie Giese, an electro pop performer who goes by the name Social Repose. Members of the boy band New District also called Bolen on FaceTime.

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Strangers traveled from all over the country just to meet Bolen, and many others sent flowers, Post Crescent said.

Bolen's story has touched a lot of people on social media – photos of her prom gained thousands of likes and shares on Facebook, and a GoFundMe page created by her mother to raise funds for the prom received over $35,000 in one month.

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Now that the dance is over, the GoFundMe says Jerika will "come home and begin her journey to Heaven."

Bolen said she plans to turn off the machine that helps her breathe in August.

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