In 2017, 15-year-old Emily Sadler was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Her diagnosis caused her to face multiple rounds of chemo and radiation as well as several surgeries – all while trying to make it through her Freshman and Sophomore years of high school.
Throughout the long road of treatment, Emily continuously told her mom that if she ended up beating the disease, she wanted a surprise party.
In November, Emily’s mom, Amy, received the news that her daughter had, in fact, beat cancer. Knowing her daughter’s wishes, she asked Emily’s doctors and nurses not to share the good news with her just yet.
Then, Amy did what any great mom would do – she planned a surprise party at Emily’s school. She got teachers, staff, and students in on it so that they could come together and share the wonderful news with the cancer survivor.
Emily was in class, completely oblivious to what was happening when her teacher called the students of Raytown High School out for “yearbook photos”. She said she came into the hall and was met by her family of “best friends” and teachers who were holding posters and yelling “Emily is cancer free!”
Emily says she was completely surprised and overwhelmed with the gesture and that she “cried a lot.” After more than a year of fighting cancer, she was so excited to find out she had won the fight in this way. She said,
“It was just amazing to see all the support I had because they’ve all supported me through this”
Amy was thrilled to give her daughter the surprise and said she “ugly cried” when everyone broke the news and cheered for her daughter.
She said, “I hadn’t been that emotional when we found out because I worked so hard keeping it a secret, but it was really emotional. It was amazing. It just made me see what an awesome place it is where my daughter and my sons have gone to school.”
Watch the amazing surprise in the video below – and be sure to share the joy with your friends!
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