Marianna’s nominator writes:
My name is Amber Smith. I am a kindergarten teacher in Marietta City. I would like to nominate one of my former students for the fairy photo shoot. Marianna is a beautiful 6 year old little girl who loves all things princess, fairy, and Frozen!
Marianna LOVES the movie Frozen. Last year, she and a friend performed Let It Go for our school Talent Show. Talk about a brave little girl! I don’t know of many 6 year olds that are comfortable being on stage in front of a bunch of strangers! But she did it, and she nailed it!!!
Marianna works hard at everything she does. Despite being sick, she still has a positive outlook on life. She doesn’t let it hold her down or keep her from doing what she wants to do.
Marianna was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at the end of May 2014/early June 2014. Since then, she has undergone a series of Chemo treatments. The first round of treatments did not respond well with her body. In fact, her body rejected the chemo. Now she undergoing a more intense form of chemo. So far, so good. Her body seems to be reacting well with the new chemo. She had to take some steroids at the beginning of the summer, Because of the steroids and the chemo, she has gained some weight and now has lost all of her hair. However, that doesn’t stop her!!! Her grandmother recently took her to a public park. This was something that her parents were nervous about. Not just because of the germs, but also because they weren’t sure how the other kids would react to her. A little boy came up to her and said, “Why don’t you have any hair?” Marianna’s reply was, “Because I have leukemia, and it made me lose my hair. Want to play?” Then the two became friends and played for the rest of the afternoon.
That is just like Marianna. She makes friends with everyone. She is kind, caring, loving, and so respectful. How could you not want to be friends with someone like that?? I would love to see Marianna become a fairy princess in a fairy photo shoot. I truly believe that she would cherish these pictures forever!!!! As would her parents, family, and everyone around her. Please consider this precious, strong, and brave little girl. She is so deserving!”
This girl.. I expected that the leukemia had hit her hard, and it has, but not in her energy level and not in her spirit. She LOOKS sick, but she doesn’t ACT sick. She’s a luminous fluff of energy, a magical little faerie who brightens everything around her. I had to squeeze her for a hug and she says “Oh please be careful, that’s my port right there!” and proceeds to show it to me, comfortable as you please. I think she taught me more about how chemo works than I’ve learned on my own! I asked her mother if she’d like me to bring a wig, she said sure, as long as it goes with the icy fairy theme.
So I got a white one. As soon as her daddy saw it he said “Awww, but I like her head.” I swore to him we’d get some without it.