An 8-year-old California girl had the surprise birthday party of a lifetime when her family along with hundreds of friends and community members turned out for the ultimate princess party. Mirella Quintero was especially grateful since she had recently been struck with tragedy.
Back in 2015, Mirella was diagnosed with Primitive Neuroectodernal Tumors of the Central Nervous System. The elementary student at Mable Barron Elementary School was forced to go into immediate treatment that has continued to the present day.
Mirella quickly began chemotherapy and radiation at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University, and after a year of treatment, the family was told she was cancer-free. However, months later an MRI showed a new tumor growth.
The family sought the help of their friend Kelly Hale, who also happens to be a pastor at Lifesong Church. With help statewide, Hale was able to pull this party together in only four days!
“Hardly any money was spent…I had to turn away vendors. When you do something bigger than yourself, we’re all so thankful our community for coming together — this says a lot for the people attending here,” Kelly said.
A huge part of the success of the party was due to a woman named Debbie Carver. Carver leads a local childhood cancer awareness group and was also contacted by Tiffanie to help with the celebration.
“I cannot tell you what came over me. I immediately felt I had to do something,” Debbie said. So she leapt into action!
Debbie began calling businesses throughout California and found many of the donors. Companies including Nothing Bundt Cakes, Walmart, and J&S Flowers all donated sweet treats and flowers.
In addition, the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office showed up with their K-9 unit alongside a fleet of Disney princesses! The party also had a photo booth, a karaoke machine, and a DJ spinning Disney songs as well as Mirella’s favorite music artist, Michael Jackson.
You can imagine the joy little Mirella had as she was transported into her party and presented with a custom-made princess throne as a huge crowd burst into singing “Happy Birthday.” With tears rolling down her face, the day was complete magic for her.
Please keep this precious girl and her family in your prayers! If you wish to donate, the family set up a GoFundMe page in the event of their daughter going into a clinical trial, which may save her life.
Until then, we can only marvel at the generous hearts of Mirella’s community. Thanks to those generous supporters, this little girl was able to have the incredible celebration that she deserves!