TOPEKA, Kan. -- An 8-year-old from Topeka is fighting for her life, but her 3rd grade class did something for her to let her know she’s not going it alone. Parker Monhollon was diagnosed with a brain tumor just three weeks ago. She’s been in and out of treatment in Memphis but Friday she came home to a surprise of a lifetime.
One by one, Silver Lake Elementary 3rd grade class filed into a hanger with signs in hand.
“We painted it and made the bow handmade,” classmate Alana Brewster said.
It’s a day Parker’s classmates have been waiting for. For three weeks they’ve been without their best friend. After her diagnosis, she was whisked away to start treatment in Memphis.
“She's going through a very hard journey,” Brewster said.
“It's kind of hard. I just really want her to be here. It just kind of lights up my day,” classmate Mackenna Burns said.
The jet came to a stop; the red carpet rolled out. It was superstar treatment for the class’s idol.
“It makes me feel like I have friends; I have people behind me,” Parker said.
There were hugs with eyes closed tight, an embrace that was needed to keep moving forward.
“Seeing that, that was the most happiest moment that I've seen her have in a long time,” Parker’s mom Amanda Monhollon said.
For weeks, it’s been a steady stream of bad news. Treatments and being uprooted away from her family and friends took its toll, but Friday was reinforcement; she will never face any of the bad stuff alone.
“Don't give up. There's still hope,” Brewster said.
“I love you,” Burns said.
And of course, Parker's mom is always watching over her little girl.
“Keep fighting. Don't stop. Because I won't. Your dad won't,” Amanda said.