A LITTLE girl who is fighting an aggressive form of cancer enjoyed all the trappings of life as a princess last Saturday, when she was chauffeur-driven through her local town, pampered by beauty experts and treated to a Christmas party attended by her favourite cartoon characters, family and friends.
Alexandra Costa, 5, from Effin, loves princesses especially Princess Elsa and Princess Anna of the movie Frozen as well as the Disney characters, Mickey, Minnie and Donald Duck.
Sadly, she is not well enough to travel to Disneyland but thanks to the Share A Dream Foundation, the characters came to her.
At 11.30 last Saturday, Alexandra, her four-year-old old sister Vanessa and mum Tracy were collected by car at their home in Effin and led by a cavalcade of vehicles including fire brigade jeeps, motorbikes, rally and vintage cars plus the Dream Machine into the town of Kilmallock.
There, they were met by unbelievable applause with almost every member of the local community lining the street to wish the little girl well.
The colourful scenes prompted her grandad Walter to say, “It was like St Patrick’s Day!”
Alexandra suffers with a condition Rhabdomyosarcoma and has spent the last four years of her young life fighting this terrible disease. The little girl is now under the care of paediatricians and a palliative care team.
Tracy, Alexandra’s mum, contacted Shay Kinsella of Share a Dream to ask if one of her little girl’s dreams could come true.
“She loves Santa but he won’t be here until Christmas which could be a lifetime away for Alexandra and she would also love a party with her school friends who haven’t seen her in a while. Share a Dream do incredible things for very sick children like our Alexandra and anything you can do to give us all a lift this Christmas would be a memory we would always cherish,” Tracy said.
Shay Kinsella, founder of Share a Dream said Alexandra is “truly an angel” and vowed “to move heaven and earth” to make all of her dreams come true.
After their trip to Kilmallock it was then onto Charleville with Alexandra’s entire cavalcade where she had her hair and nails done at Blown Away beauty parlour along with her mum and sister before heading to the Charleville Park Hotel.
There, they were met by Princess Elsa and Anna, all of Alexandra’s school friends, relatives and well-wishers before they enjoyed a memorable Christmas party.
Alexandra, along with over 75 other children, were entertained by dancers and singers before meeting all her favourite Disney characters.
There was face painting, balloon modelling along with goody bags full of treats.
The finale came when the big man himself Santa Claus arrived laden with presents from various well-wishers in Kilmallock and Charleville for Alexandra and her sister plus a delicious Frozen cake for Princess Alexandra from Brudairs bakery in Charleville.