A 3-year-old Prior Lake girl who battled cancer for most of her life, got to celebrate in a big way on the last day of chemotherapy.
Family and friends ensured that Mabel Franks got one even with all the social distancing restrictions due to COVID-19.
“We just felt we had to do something to let her know how proud we are and what a warrior and survivor she’s been,” Joan Franks, Mabel’s grandmother said.
First, Prior Lake fire trucks, then, dozens of decorated cars, rolled through the cul-de-sac where Mabel lives with her big sister Meadow and parents Michael and Meagan.
Mabel smiled and waved from her father’s arms. “It’s really all she’s known since she was 14 months old, she’s been going through treatments,” Meagan Franks said.
She was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and most of her chemo was delivered intravenously, but her final treatment Sunday night was in the form of a pill. Her extended family watched and cheered on video chat as Mabel swallowed the medication.
“I’m just really grateful and we’ve had an amazing support system as you can see,” Mabel’s mother said after the parade while wiping away tears. “It’s very emotional.”