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Valentine's surprise for 2-year-old cancer patient

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A very special surprise for a two-year-old name Reese Thursday.

Last May, Reese was diagnosed with a type of brain cancer. With Valentine's Day a day away, Reese's mom was sad her daughter wouldn't receive any Valentines because she isn't attending preschool.


"I just had posted on Reese's Facebook page just seeing if anyone wanted to send her a Valentine because she can't go to daycare right now since she's in active treatment and has a port," said Marilyn Whitney, Reese's mom.

The Facebook post caught on. Miss South Dakota personally delivered hundreds of Valentines addressed to Reese Thursday.

Two-year-old Reese was all smiles. She wasn't thinking about her cancer but rather new friends that have come to celebrate VAlentine's Day with her.

For Mom, this support from the community meant the world.

"Because it is just the little things that people miss out on. Having cancer isn't just about being sick and staying in the hospital. You miss your whole life and being two-years-old, she shouldn't have to miss out on that," said Whitney.

Reese is still on six months of chemo. She goes to St. Judes every three months for checkup scans and weekly to Sanford Castle.

Thursday, Reese's mind was on something else.

"She loves to get mail. She loves to get cards and stickers and presents. So I couldn't have asked for anything better.  It means so much to us to have so many people showing support to our little girl," said Whitney.

Reese's mom said even though she's too young to understand what all this support means, the smile on her face is all that counts.


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