Community comes together to host parade for little girl battling cancer

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RAYMORE, Mo. – A community came together Saturday to welcome home a little girl who has been battling cancer.

Five-year-old Ella Joe Johnston has spent the past several months in the hospital fighting Leukemia. On Saturday, members of the community planned Ella’s very own parade to welcome her home.

“We never thought in a million years anything like this, Raymore is just an amazing community,” said Pete Schultz, Ella’s father.

Schultz said Ella spent 112 days in the hospital fighting for her life. Saturday’s neighborhood parade was complete with a fire truck from the South Metro Fire District, a visit from The Belton Police Department and a performance from the Ray-Pec Dance Team.

“Everybody’s so happy I was almost in tears, a lot of us were almost in tears,” said Taylor Holbrook, with the dance team. “It was just so fun to see the whole community out here supporting her and see her be so happy to see everyone.”

Over the past few months Ella has fought Leukemia, a blood infection and severe cases of strep throat and pneumonia. Her father said doctors also found mold in her lungs.

“She’s a tough little girl,” he said. “We’re just blown away at how strong she is.”

Members of the Ray-Pec Dance Team have been cheering for Ella’s recovery for months. They sponsored Ella in their Powder-puff game earlier this season.

“It’s just so great to see everybody out their giving their all for somebody who needs it,” said Holbrook.

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