Strangers helped family with a surprise for a five-year-old Tulsa who won’t attend her Pre-K degree because she’s leaving town for cancer treatment.
They sent the girl away with a parade and a party – and it was all donated.
Kodi Walker looks like your typical five-year-old, but she’s been through more than the average adult.
On Friday, a parade of cars lined North 36th Street in Tulsa, leading to the Kodi party.
“I loved it so much,” said Kodi.
The Deborah Brown Community School student got an early celebration because she will miss her pre-K graduation. Kodi’s mother, Nabrai Lyons, told News On 6 that she and her daughter will spend a few weeks at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Tennessee. Kodi has had two courses of chemotherapy there before.
When Kodi was just two years old, Wilm’s tumor, a kidney cancer that develops in children, was diagnosed.
“I try my best to keep everything together, but it’s difficult,” said Lyons.
People at the party said it’s inspiring to see Kodi’s smile.
Kodi got a party for a princess, decorated in her favorite colors and beautiful dresses.
“Thanks for your kindness,” said Kodi.
Dozens of family, friends and Kodi’s teacher said her achievements are worth celebrating.
“I just want her to know that she loves her and that everything is okay,” Lyons said.
The icing on the cake was that a stranger, Letha Smith, had planned this party.
“I just felt so compelled,” said Smith. “She is five years old and when I met her she was so vibrant, so happy.”
Smith said she had made some phone calls, and the community stepped in to help: the catering, venue, and even the DJ all provided their services.
“I’m really happy and grateful to everyone who came out and supported her, it really means a lot to us, to both of us,” said Lyons.
Lyons told News On 6 that her family does not have a fund-raising or donation site, but they would appreciate prayers.