By: Bryant Reed
NORTH FAYETTE TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – On Sunday night, a little girl was back home after needing emergency surgery to remove a cancerous tumor on her brain.READ MORE: Pennsylvania Ended Extended Jobless Benefits, Unemployment Rate Falls Below 5%
On Sunday afternoon, an entire community rallied around her to become the backbone of her recovery.
Outside of Zoey’s home, a parade to support her through a difficult time was held.
“Up until last June, July super happy, super healthy kid, and she just stopped eating, didn’t want to drink, and we went through a lot of different tests, a lot of different hospital visits trying to figure out what was going on, and in August, she was diagnosed with Anaplastic Ependymoma,” said Ashley Bair, Zoey’s mom.
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The disease that now 4-year-old Zoey was diagnosed with is a cancerous tumor that formed in her brain, requiring emergency surgery to save her life.
“Through that, she lost her ability to walk, talk, all motor functions, so we’ve had a long road,” Ashley said.
However, you can tell she’s overcome her struggles and is back to running around like a normal, 4-year-old girl.READ MORE: Hundreds March Through Pittsburgh In Solidarity With Palestine
She’s had the support of her friends, family, and as a matter of fact, all of North Fayette Township.
They came out to cheer on her recovery on Sunday, which marked the second installment of her Make-A-Wish surprise. It also included a Disney-themed movie room.
“It makes your heart warm, it’s just amazing that everyone is coming together for Zoey, she deserves this,” said Cheryl DiSanti of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Since her treatment, Zoey has been able to ring the bell – she finished her chemotherapy but the road ahead is still unclear.
She’s facing physical therapy, speech therapy, and a long-term process to return to her vibrant self.
“This is a day-by-day thing, you can’t look too far in the future, you get through that day, then you get through the next day, small, bite-sized pieces is how you get through this journey,” said James Bair, Zoey’s dad.
“We’re just taking it day-by-day and today feels great,” said Ashley.
Zoey’s mom says throughout the entire process, the family has always had help and encouragement.MORE NEWS: 'A Solemn Day For A Solemn Ride': Local Police Honor Fallen Officers With Memorial Ride
She said for anybody else going through this, it’s important to know you aren’t alone.