Updated at 08:58 PM, Feb. 19
It’s a heartwarming story out of a heartbreaking one. A five-year-old girl in Dickinson is fighting a rare form of cancer and right now, there’s no cure for it. But on Wednesday, she received a gift from community members who hoped to take her mind off of it.
Claire Lankford loves princesses, and thanks to dozens of big-hearted people in and around her community, she got a surprise a parade made for one.
Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and Belle were all in attendance as Claire was given a royal ride around the Bay Colony neighborhood in a horse-drawn carriage.
The five-year-old has been fighting cancer for about a year and half now.
“It’s terminal. She has just a couple months. She has five tumors in her lungs and lymph nodes,” family friend Jaime Harbuck said.
It’s been a long road for the little one, who has managed to keep a smile on her face. Harbuck wanted to do something special for Claire so she decided to make her a princess for a day. And when the word got out, the entire community in and around Dickinson pitched in.
“It has just grown into something that honestly, it’s something that I dreamed that it would be, special for her,” Harbuck said. “It’s just heartwarming to know that our community can come together for a little girl.” …
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