A Maryville teen surprised her older sister, who's battling leukemia, by
making one of her dreams come true.
Claire Hayes, 18, has wanted to visit Paris, France since she was 15
years old, but around that time she was diagnosed with bone cancer.
Jeaneene Hayes, Claire's mother, said, "She went through a year
treatment of chemo and she had to have her femur removed and replaced."
Claire won that battle with cancer and once again planned to visit the 'City
of Love' with her younger sister, Emma.
"This summer she and I were supposed to have gone to Paris together as
sisters for her senior trip. It was the most exciting thing we were both
looking forward to doing together and since she can't go, she's not physically
up to it and she can't medically go, I decided to bring Paris to her,"
said Emma Hayes.
Emma, along with the help of friends and relatives, planned a surprise party for
Claire with a Paris theme. There were baguettes, croissant, Eiffel Tower
figurines and drawings, France flags, and a Paris-themed cake.
Emma Hayes said, "She is perfect. She is my best friend. She's so
funny. She's so nice and she's so kind to everyone and I just want to be like
her. I love who she is and so many other people love who she is and I just want
to be loved like she is."
Claire was not feeling well, but her mother said she could see the
excitement in her eyes.
Jeaneene Hayes also said doctors didn't expect Claire to make it past
December 2012, but Claire is continuing to defy the odds.