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Dad couldn’t go to his son’s graduation, so graduation came to dad

HACKENSACK —€” Howard Forstrom was going to miss his son’s graduation.

The North Haledon man would not be able to leave Hackensack University Medical Center, where he is being treated for stage 4 prostate cancer.

He had spent many hours helping his son Gregory with civil engineering work at New Jersey Institute of Technology and even stayed up until midnight on class registration days to help him get into the choicest classes. Forstrom, an engineer himself, said mentoring Gregory brought them closer together.

The help paid off. Gregory graduated summa cum laude Tuesday.

And with the help of the nurses at Hackensack University Medical Center, a laptop and a good wi-fi connection, Forstrom got to watch him do it.

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