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Strangers help celebrate 8-year-old girl’s birthday after losing her mother to cancer

Strangers help celebrate 8-year-old girl’s birthday after losing her mother to cancer

After losing her mother to brain cancer in April, a Tennessee woman wanted to make her younger sister’s birthday special.

However, after only one person responded to party invitations, strangers showed up to show their support.

Chloe Sexton, 28, and Charlotte Sexton, 8, lost their mother, Jennifer, on April 12 after an 11-year struggle with brain cancer, Chloe told CNN on Saturday (16).

Chloe is now Charlotte’s legal guardian.

“I sent out the invites in advance and didn’t get anything back except from one person,” Chloe said. “I was upset that I couldn’t give her the birthday I wanted.”

Charlotte had to transfer to a new school midway through the school year after losing her mother. Her new classmates and parents were aware of her mother’s death, Chloe said.

So that’s when Chloe took to TikTok to express her frustrations. This video has over 9 million views and over 30,000 comments.

Chloe said the comments and inbox started to fill with messages from people offering to help with the decor, to join the party and asking what gift to bring for Charlotte.

“This was the first time I saw people put action behind their empathy,” Chloe said. “The overwhelming support made me feel not just like an online face, but that I mattered, and my story mattered to people.”

On July 9th, Chloe managed to surprise Charlotte with guests, balloons, gifts and much more, thanks to the help of strangers.

Some women helped decorate the house and set up a balloon display, and another brought her horse from Oxford, Mississippi, to provide pony rides for the children at the party.

Throughout the day, people participated, if only for 30 minutes, from all over. At one point, there were about 20 kids in the house, Chloe said.

A group called Mid South Jeeps also organized a car parade for Charlotte. About 25 to 30 jeeps passed his Memphis home, some delivering gifts through the window and other raucous birthday songs.

“She kept asking me, ‘Is this all for me?'” Chloe said. “There was so much emotion, her eyes were so enchanted.”

Not only was this her first birthday without her mother, but this was her first birthday party, Chloe said. Charlotte has never had a party like this, as her mother has battled cancer for most of her life.

“Charlotte told me ‘I think Mom would love it today’ after the day was over,” Chloe said.

Source: CNN Brasil