Texas town holds ‘Princess Day’ parade for 5-year-old battling cancer

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The weather was fit for a princess, as hundreds of people gathered in a town near Houston Wednesday to cheer on a little girl with terminal cancer.

Five year old Claire Lankford has a rare and incurable form of cancer. Family friend Jaime Harbuck says Claire has five tumors in her lungs and lymph nodes, and that doctors have only given her a couple of months to live, so Harbuck wanted to do something special for her.

Claire had no idea a princess parade was planned in her honor, until Cinderella knocked on her door. At that point, the little girl was transformed into Princess Claire.

A Dickinson bridal shop provided a special dress for her. Even Claire’s parents were dressed in their royal finest. Bands played as Princess Claire enjoyed a royal ride in a horse-drawn carriage, while hundreds of people as far away as Texas City lined the streets.  “It’s incredible to think that all of these people would come out to honor your child.  And to stay and clap for her,” says Patricia Lankford, Claire’s Mother.

The end of the parade came all too soon, but the royal treatment continued, as Claire walked the red carpet back to her home, after living a dream come true.

KEYE-TV Austin


3 Comments on “Texas town holds ‘Princess Day’ parade for 5-year-old battling cancer”

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