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Community rallies behind Beeton girl on her birthday

December 11, 2020   ·   0 Comments

A young Beeton girl received a birthday surprise that went beyond the usual cake and cards on Saturday, December 5.

Sarah Hamby, who just turned 12, was diagnosed with a form of leukemia at age three. Since then, she is going through her fourth relapse and fifth diagnosis.

Her friends and community wanted to show their support for the courageous girl who wasn’t sure she would even be out of the hospital in time for her birthday.

The community put on a full–blown parade as Sarah watched from the back of her family’s minivan tucked in some blankets to keep warm.

Dozens of vehicles decorated with balloons and signs rolled by while people waved to Sarah and shouted out birthday greetings and words of encouragement.

A smiling Sarah waved back to the well wishers.

A group of dancers from the Dance Connection put on a show and performed to the song “Don’t Stop Believing” – one of Sarah’s favourite songs.

“We chose ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ which I think sends a really good message because we will never stop believing in Sarah, and she never stops believing in herself,” said dancer, Victoria Dell.

Four people shaved their heads to show their support. The community raised more than $4,200 to help with the costs associated with cancer treatment.

Sarah did receive some birthday cards – in fact, thousands of them from as far away as Germany and Italy. They were delivered by the Ontario Provincial Police.

It was a community effort held to make someone special feel extra special on their special day.

By Brian Lockhart
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter


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