PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - A La Quinta girl currently fighting pediatric cancer is home in the Coachella Valley. 5-year-old Riley Rose Sherman received a hero's welcome at Palm Springs International Airport.
A cheering crowd met Riley Rose, who had been in New York undergoing treatment.
Many supporters wore princess-themed hats. "I think every little princess deserves an amazing welcome home so why not?" said Tanya Moreno, who organized the cheering section.
"Right now, we're going to go make some dreams come true and we're going to have the Christmas of our lives," Riley Rose's mother Kristin said. The family is making plans to go to Hawaii with the Make a Wish organization.
Sherman battles stage four neuroblastoma. It's a cancer often found in the small glands on top of the kidneys (adrenal glands). It can develop in the belly, chest, neck, pelvis, and bones. Children ages five or younger are most commonly affected.
Sherman was diagnosed with the cancer in August of last year and doctors said it was aggressive and she had been undergoing treatment ever since.
Community members have poured their hearts for this girl through fundraisers to help her fight the disease and raise awareness about neuroblastoma and other childhood cancers.
Sherman arrived at the Palm Springs Airport Friday morning.
"i just think it's super important to show love, show support." said Tanya Moreno, who organized a cheering section. "The family has a really amazing mindset of 'Let's celebrate'... so that's what we're here to do."
KESQ News Channel 3 and CBS Local 2 have been following Riley Rose's journey since her diagnosis.
CBS Local 2 anchor Brooke Beare was there to share a major milestone in Riley Rose's treatment last October. At that time, Riley Rose's mother Kristin shared,"It's the hardest thing we've ever done, but we're continuing to see the blessings in it. The miracles. It's been an outpouring of love. I wear my (gold) ribbon (for Childhood Cancer Awareness) and people come up to me and give me hugs. 'What can we do? Can we give you a meal?' Thank you. We're so appreciative."
Last Christmas, Santa and an army of elves descended on her family's La Quinta home to bring her holiday cheer. That year, Riley Rose received a doll with green eyes and no hair, just like her.
At the airport Friday, Riley Rose's mother Kristen said, "We're going to keep up hope and and we're going to keep believing."
Noticias en español: Telemundo 15
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