Community holds special parade for 6-time cancer survivor who missed her chance to ride Rose Bowl Parade float
When life gets tough, sometimes all we need is a little show of compassion, and one cancer survivor from California got a show alright, in fact she got her very own parade.
A six-time cancer survivor who missed her opportunity to ride on a 2020 Rose Parade float, was given her very own special parade just days after, complete with cheering fans, a stylish convertible, and beautiful flowers.
51-year-old, Stacy Kimmel, was diagnosed with brain cancer 5 years ago and was given only two months to live, she told KABC. But Stacy is unfortunately no stranger to the disease as she has faced this devastating prognosis before.
Eight years prior to that diagnosis, doctors discovered Kimmel had breast cancer. Stacy would go on to battle the disease for years, which included surgeries, radiation and chemotherapy.
“I want to be around for my kid,” Kimmel told the news station. “I want her to have memories of having a mom.”
Her strength and determination to overcome the illness has inspired many others along the way. In fact, her story inspired so many that Kimmel was selected to ride on the City of Hope’s float in the 2020 Rose Bowl Parade.
The ceremony’s theme was “The Power of Hope” – a mantra Kimmel said has helped her throughout her journey.
“Who doesn’t want to be on a float?” she said. “That’s a bucket list item. I know that’s a weird thing to say right now, but that’s on the bucket list that everyone wants to do.”
But according to KABC, Kimmel couldn’t participate in the in the parade this year because of poor reactions to the treatment she was undergoing during her now seventh bout with cancer.
“I was pretty crushed. I really wanted to do this,” she said.
That’s when Foundation for Living Beauty, a nonprofit that helps women battling cancer, stepped in to help.
“Six-time cancer Survivor Stacy Kimmel had something important on her bucket list — to ride on a float in the Rose Parade to represent the thousands of women with cancer,” the foundation wrote on their Facebook page. “Her wish came true… almost.”
“Stacy was chosen to ride on the City of Hope float in the 2020 Rose Parade,” they continued. “Unfortunately, at the last minute, Stacy’s health prevented her from participating. Today, our Living Beauty community rallied to give Stacy her very own unforgettable parade.”
So on Monday, Kimmel rode down the parade’s route, in her stylish convertible, just as she would have been during the actual day.
“She truly exemplifies the hope, positive attitude and zest for life that we try to share with all of the women we serve,” Nancy Davidson, Living Beauty’s executive director said in a statement, according to the Pasadena Star-News.
And the heartwarming event went viral as pictures were shared of Kimmel wearing a tiara and holding a bouquet of beautiful flowers – all while being driven around in a blue Ford Mustang.
An NBC News reporter, Kim Baldonado, even tweeted a video showing Kimmel with her very own police escort.
6 time cancer survivor Stacy Kimmel missed her chance to ride on @cityofhope float because she was ill so @LivingBeautyOrg @PasadenaPD and @RoseParade staff gave her a mini parade do over today. Her inspiring story @NBCLA 6:20pm tonight pic.twitter.com/bY2q0DDKuh
— Kim Baldonado (@KimNBCLA) January 7, 2020
“You wake up and you have this opportunity,” she told KABC of the special moment. “And look what happens. I’m queen for the day.”
And you are a queen in our book, Stacy, a very inspiring one at that.
We all know that life isn’t fair, but humanity has a way to create hope, even in the most heartbreaking circumstances, and that our dear readers, is Majic