Sweet 16 Celebrated Early for Teen Fighting Cancer

Posted on: 10:25 pm, June 18, 2012, by , updated on: 10:34pm, June 18, 2012

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – We first told you about Ceaira Walker last month.  The Knob Noster eighth grader was diagnosed with stage four Glioblastoma nearly two years ago.  Ceaira ended chemotherapy treatments when they appeared to stop working.  Now she’s living her life to the fullest, one day and milestone at a time.

A few special fixes set the stage for Ceaira Walker’s big “Sweet 16″ party.
“It’s been exciting to know that she’s going to have a 16th birthday party.  It’s a little early, but at least she gets it,” Shantell Swearengin, Ceaira’s mom, said.
She won’t be 16 until October, but friends and family decided to have the party now.  Ceaira’s cancer is making every day more painful, and her family says they want to make these memories for Ceaira while she can still enjoy them.

“She’s like no matter what, mom.  I want to be there,” Shantell said.

So Ceaira hopped on a party bus, and went to Great Wolf Lodge in Kansas City to splash around with her friends for her “Sweet 16,” but her excruciating pain prevented her from celebrating all day.

“She said, I know it’s going to hurt, but I want to go,” Ron Swearengin, Ceaira’s stepfather, said.
Less than a month ago, Ceaira had a special prom, because she feared she’d never get a senior prom.  The next day, her classmates got t-shirts bearing Ceaira’s favorite motto: “Never give up.”  They shared their words of inspiration on the back of the shirts.

But it’s Ceaira who’s inspired thousands of people, especially those closest to her.

“She’s my hero, and my best friend,” her mother said.

“She is my hero and my inspiration,” Brandi Warzala, Ceaira’s best friend, said.

“Now, I see her every day.  She’s always thinking about other people, and trying her hardest, to make everyone else happy, so everything I do, I make sure I do it to 100% just for her,” her stepbrother, Junior, said.

So they’re doing it big for Ceaira, a young woman, not even 16 years old, whose teaching life lessons.

Never give up.

“Our motto is never give up.  And still, we’re never gonna give up,” Shantell said.

And to love those around you like it’s their last day.

“Grab ahold of your babies every day.  Never once not tell them you love them,” her mom explained.

The Great Wolf Lodge welcomed Ceaira and her family today, and local philanthropist, Melissa Blayton helped plan the day’s events.

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