SWEETWATER, Okla. – The last wishes of a young girl are being fulfilled by her community and complete strangers from other states.
We’re talking about dozens of roses to help celebrate what may be the cancer patient’s final Valentine’s Day.
Kanesha Greer, who goes by ‘Nesha,’ looked like a princess while taking a pink limo to her prom a couple of weeks ago.
“It was cool,” Nesha said from her bedroom Wednesday afternoon.
Her Sweetwater school organized the prom just for her, even though she’s only 11 years old.
“She loved it,” her mom, Perisha Hagerman, said. “She felt like a princess.”
The prom was a gift for Nesha.
Her mom remembers her being able to run down the driveway to the mailbox last June.
Two weeks later, the family was told Nesha had a 10 percent chance of living.
“I mean, she was not sick, ever,” Hagerman said. “She did not feel bad. She never missed school.”
Hagerman said doctors diagnosed her sudden leg pain as “osteosarcoma;” a cancerous bone tumor that chemotherapy could not keep from spreading throughout her body.
“We didn’t know nothing about cancer,” Hagerman said. “Nobody in my family has ever had cancer, so we were all terrified.”
Since then, Nesha has been surrounded with love.
She had a special wish for the holiday of love.
“She had told me that she wanted a house full of roses for Valentine’s Day and I was concerned that I don’t know where we’ll be Valentine’s Day,” she said.
Fearing time was running out, Hagerman and her daughter decided to move up Valentine’s Day to this Friday, Feb. 1.
A “Team Nesha” Facebook page was created, asking for roses from friends and family.
“…and I think it’s gotten a little out of hand,” Hagerman said, smiling.
Roses have already started pouring in from other states.
Florists have said with all the orders coming in, Nesha’s house will be a rose garden by Friday.
All from complete strangers sending their love for Nesha’s very own Valentine’s Day.
“I think it’s amazing,” Nesha said. “Thank you.”
The family is now using hospice as Nesha struggles at home with occasional memory loss, blurred vision and fever spikes but they’re managing her pain.
Hagerman said it’s amazing how, in a time of crisis, people come together to help someone they don’t know.
“I don’t think (Nesha) grasps how many people love her and how many people are supporting her,” she said. “I don’t think she gets it and I think that Friday will make the difference. I think it will do her good.”
Hagerman also hopes her daughter’s story draws awareness to childhood cancer.