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Stabbed Franklin Regional student Boger proves doctors wrong, attends prom

| Saturday, May 3, 2014, 12:01 a.m.
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Jared Boger, 17, of Murrysville, and his girlfriend Micala Myers, 17, of Harrison City, watch their friends arrive from the window of his family's home before leaving for the Franklin Regional High School prom on Friday, May 2, 2014. Boger, a junior at Franklin Regional, was critically injured in the stabbing attacks on April 9, 2014.
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(From left) Jared Boger and his friends John Novak and Mike Pirollo, who are all 17, hang out while their dates take photos before leaving for the Franklin Regional High School prom on Friday, May 2, 2014. Boger, a junior at Franklin Regional, was critically injured in the stabbing attacks on April 9, 2014.
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Micala Myers, 17, of Harrison City, a junior at Penn Trafford High School, gets ready to go to the Franklin Regional High School prom at her home on Friday, May 2, 2014. Myers went to the prom with her boyfriend, Jared Boger. Jared, a junior at Franklin Regional High School, was critically injured in the stabbing attacks at the school on April 9, when a sophomore suspect stabbed 20 students and a security guard.
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Jared Boger, 17, of Murrysville, pauses while waiting for his prom date to arrive at his home on Friday, May 2, 2014. Boger, a junior at Franklin Regional High Schoo,l was critically injured in the stabbing attacks on April 9, 2014 at his high school.
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Micala Myers pins a boutonniere onto Jared Boger's tuxedo before heading out to the Franklin Regional High School Promenade on Friday, May 2, 2014. Jared, 17, a junior at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, was critically injured in the April stabbing attack in the school.
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Family and friends help Jared Boger into his wheelchair after arriving for the promenade at Franklin Regional High School on Friday, May 2, 2014. Jared, 17, of Murrysville, was critically injured in the April 9 stabbing attacks at the school by a sophomore suspect.
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Micala Myers, 17, of Harrison City, pushes prom date Jared Boger into Franklin Regional High School on Friday, May 2, 2014. Jared, a junior at Franklin Regional High School, was critically injured in the April stabbing attacks. He defied the prediction of doctors and made it to the event.
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Junior Jared Boger, 17, of Murrysville and prom date Micala Myers, 17, of Harrison City, receive a standing ovation as they walk onstage during the Franklin Regional High School Promenade on Friday, May 2, 2014. Jared, a junior at Franklin Regional High School, was critically injured in the April stabbing attack at the school.
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Get-well cards sent from all over the country sit on the coffee table at the Murrysville home of Jared Boger, 17, on Friday, May 2, 2014. Boger, a junior at Franklin Regional High School, was critically injured in a stabbing rampage at the school on April 9. Alex Hribal, a sophomore at the school, has been charged as an adult with 21 counts of attempted homicide for injuring 20 students and a security guard with two steak knives.
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Janet Boger of Murrysville leans in to give her son, Jared, a kiss before he headis out to the Franklin Regional High School Promenade on Friday, May 2, 2014. Jared, a junior, was critically injured in the April stabbing attacks at at the school by another student who has been charged with 21 counts of attempted homicide.
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Jared Boger, 17, of Murrysville holds hands with his girlfriend and prom date Micala Myers, 17, of Harrison City, a junior at Penn Trafford High School, before leaving for the Franklin Regional High School prom on Friday, May 2, 2014. Both wear rubber bracelets saying 'FR Strong,' a rallying cry for the district.
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Micala Myers, 17, of Harrison City, a junior at Penn Trafford High School, and her prom date Jared Boger make their way up the aisle of the auditorium to a standing ovation during the Franklin Regional High School Promenade on Friday, May 2, 2014. Jared, a junior at Franklin Regional High School was critically injured in the April stabbing attacks.

In the days after Jared Boger was stabbed at Franklin Regional Senior High School, doctors at UPMC Presbyterian said it was unlikely he'd be able to attend the prom.

On Friday, he proved them wrong.

Looking dapper in a black tuxedo, complete with a big smile and his girlfriend by his side, Boger, 17, received a standing ovation upon walking on stage after being introduced at the school's promenade.

“I'm surprised I'm going to be there,” said Boger, a junior, as he awaited a donated stretch limousine at his Murrysville home on Friday afternoon.

He is one of 20 students who were wounded in a stabbing rampage at the school before classes started on April 9. A security guard was wounded while helping school officials apprehend the sophomore suspect who allegedly was carrying two knives.

Two students remain in Forbes Regional Hospital in fair condition — Greg Keener, 15, and Connor Warwick, 16.

Friday's junior/senior prom went on for 471 students, with the promenade and then dinner and dancing at Heinz Field. Students stopped, smiled and posed before a backdrop of the Pittsburgh skyline on stage at the school auditorium.

A few twirled their date, and one gave his date a peck on the cheek while popular music played in the background.

Victims of the attack received extra applause and cheers as they were introduced. About 1,200 people attended the promenade as spectators, Assistant Superintendent Mary Catherine Reljac said.

“We're looking forward to seeing our students enjoy each others' company,” she said. “The last few weeks have had so many emotions. ... Something like (the stabbing) doesn't heal quickly or completely. We will not be defined by what happened.”

Boger was discharged after a two-week hospital stay to recover at home from a stab wound in his left abdomen. That put his girlfriend of five months, Micala Myers, a junior in the neighboring Penn-Trafford School District, and her mother, Tammy, into prom planning mode. With a lot of community support, everything came together in just over a week, they said.

Micala Myers got a discount on her dress and free accessories from The Prom Shoppe in Uniontown, and Men's Wearhouse in Monroeville donated Boger's tuxedo, Tammy Myers said. Rosebuds in Murrysville gave the flowers with short notice, while Regency Transportation Group provided a new stretch limousine.

“To whatever extent you can call it a success, it's a success he's gotten out of the hospital,” said Regency owner Tom Miller, a 1973 Franklin Regional graduate.

The donation is insignificant compared to the “success story of him battling through what he's battled and the community battling through what they've battled,” Miller said.

The district received donations for the prom from Dragonfly Florist in Murrysville, Steel City Photo Booth in Hempfield and a sundae bar from Aramark Catering and the Steelers.

“We couldn't be any more thankful for so many people,” said Jared's dad, Don Boger.

“It's just been incredible. I didn't know so many people cared,” mother Janet Boger said.

The offers of help led to tears for Micala Myers and her mother.

“Words can't explain — just so thankful that the community came together like this,” Micala said. “They're the ones that made it all possible. Places, without hesitation, said don't worry about it.”

“It was just one thing after another,” Tammy Myers said. “We were actually numb.”

Happiness and excitement permeated the Boger house as the couple posed for pictures.

“The generosity from all the different people is amazing,” Jared Boger said.

He said he hoped to be able to make it the whole night. Dancing was unlikely, though, because he suffered injuries to his liver, diaphragm and surrounding blood vessels. He underwent four staggered surgeries.

“When this first happened, I didn't think I was going to even get there,” Boger said.

But he and Myers walked across the stage in triumph. A wheelchair waited to take him out to the waiting limousine for a well-deserved night with friends.

Staff writer Kari Andren contributed. Renatta Signorini is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-837-5374 or rsignorini@tribweb.com.

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