A party had been planned to marked the occasion of 5-year-old Selah Grace Feely’s final chemotherapy treatment, but it was canceled to avoid risk related to the coronavirus. But members of the Bayside Church in Manatee County, Florida came up with a safer way to celebrate the brave little girl’s battle with cancer: A parade of nearly 150 cars formed outside of the church to celebrate Selah’s milestone.
Christina Feely, Selah’s mother told Fox13: “Today, Selah had her last chemo treatment. She was declared cancer-free!”
“She’s never been to a parade. She’s getting her own parade!”
Christina Feely knew that hosting a traditional party for Selah at this time wouldn’t be possible so she created an event on Facebook and encouraged her community to participate in a parade while safely maintaining social distance.
Christina wrote, “We are so overjoyed this day is finally here!!! We planned a party for this occasion but because of quarantine orders, it can’t happen… But that’s ok! Let’s celebrate with a parade for our girl!”
“The Feely Family will be camped out in front of the Bayside EBC main building. Please drive by at 4:30 and make a lot of noise for Selah. If you have a bell, please bring that and ring it for her!” She continued.
Christina closed with a thank you to the church for its generosity in providing the venue:
“Thank you Bayside for letting us do this here. Our farm property does not lend itself to allowing a quarantine parade. We are so very grateful that you are allowing us to do it here, our home.” But Christina had no idea how big the turnout would be.
The community of hundreds of well-wishers waved signs of support, and costumed characters like Disney’s Belle and Mary Poppins, plus a few stormtroopers joined in on the fun.
Christina thanked the attendees in an emotional Facebook post afterward.
Thank you everyone for coming out and celebrating our girl today. So many emotions are running through me. I have to…
“Thank you everyone for coming out and celebrating our girl today. So many emotions are running through me. I have to process all of them,” she wrote.
“At this point the only word that comes to my brain is “awestruck”. Awestruck at the strength of Selah, awestruck at the goodness and favor of God, and awestruck at our amazing support system. Thank you for being our people. We love you.”