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Leukemia Patient Dances With Ballet

An East Texas girl had the thrill of her short lifetime today, as she shared the stage with ballerinas in Longview.  Four-year-old Cassandra Barron suffers from leukemia, and was granted dance time through the efforts of the Make A Wish Foundation. 

Today's performance by the Longview Ballet Theatre wasn't for the public.  It was for Cassandra, whose wish was to dance with ballerina Barbie.

"She always has movies of ballerinas.  She loves to dance at home," said her mother Marcella Barron.

"She wants to be a ballerina Barbie.  The Make A Wish Foundation contacted me and I said, 'Absolutely. We'd love to make her dream come true'," said Longview Ballet director Pat George-Mitchell.

Seven members of the troup joined together for a special dance just for Cassandra, with one dressed as her favorite star:  Barbie.  Cassandra was diagnosed last year, and is undergoing chemotherapy.

For her mother, it's bittersweet, seeing the pain her daughter suffers, and wanting to ease that pain.  "She has been well.  At first, it was sad.  She was always very tired and sometimes very angry," said Marcella.

Cassandra joined the grace movements of the ballerinas, and the joy was evident in her face.

"I think it does something for all of us to be able to give a wish to a young lady like she is.  It's an honor for all of us to give this young lady a chance at really dancing in life," said Mitchell.

Cassandra has been in chemotherapy for a year, and has another two years to go.

Bob Hallmark, Reporting.  bhallmark@kltv.com



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