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5-year-old Harrisburg girl battling cancer becomes princess for a day
Posted by Don Yeager (DYeager@sbgtv.com)
A 5-year-old Harrisburg girl, dealing with many health issues, became a princess for the day at the Hershey Hotel.
Jamie's Dream Team held a Christmas Princess Ball for 5-year-old Brielle Kelly from Harrisburg.
Brielle and her friends spent the beginning of the day being pampered with makeovers that included beautiful princess gowns.
They were then whisked away to the Hershey Hotel in a Cinderella-like horse drawn carriage.
Brielle was greeted by a royal court of Duke's and other nobility. Well-wishers and onlookers erupted into applause as Brielle approached the hotel.
Inside, the hotel was turned into a magical wonderland, complete with characters from Hersheypark to say hello.
A grand feast was served in the ball room for Brielle and her friends and family. Crystal dinnerware and elegant place settings glistened in the dim light of the ball room.
As Brielle was at the head table, she was treated to a variety of entertainment from ballet dancers dressed in medieval attire to live singers and music.
Brielle Kelly was born October 16, 2008 and at only 6 days old it was discovered that her small intestine had twisted and died and had to be removed. She needed a transplant desperately and spent her first Christmas in the hospital with a line infections, the first of many.
On October 5, 2012 the family thought their prayers were answered and Brielle received her new intestines. She had her first of three rejections on October 17th and spent the next 55 days in the hospital.
After being re-admitted to the hospital in early December with what seemed to be the flu or another line infections, a scope on Jan 23rd revealed a tumor in her new bowel and on the 25th they had to remove her new intestines. As if this tragic ordeal were not enough for Brielle and her family, a routine CT scan prior to discharge revealed over a dozen small B Cell Lymphoma in her brain and liver which they believe was caused by the anti rejection drugs. This child has spent 1/3 of her life in the hospital, undergone 32 surgeries and is currently taking chemo for the Lymphoma.
Despite all of the struggles in her young life, for one day, the pain and problems did not matter.
The smile on her face was enough to show that dreams really can come true.