PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A 5-year-old girl got the celebrity treatment Friday following her last chemo treatment at Hasbro Children’s Hospital.
Arianna Taft was given a police and fire escort to her Woonsocket home after finishing her treatment at the Tomorrow Fund Clinic.
“To really see the police and fire come out and support this little girl who means so much to us all, it just really means a lot,” Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Fellow Emily Sampino said.
The celebration was made possible by “Enzo’s Escorts,” which was created by David and Rebekah Neri. Both were there Friday to congratulate Arianna.
“Arianna has been strong since the beginning. She always has a smile on her face,” Sampino said.
Arianna was also serenaded by the pediatric oncology nurses who presented her with a gift and some sweet treats to take home with her.
“It’s really important to celebrate how far she’s come,” Sampino said. “It’s amazing to see the support from the entire community.”
Her dad, Ryan Taft, said while it brought a smile to his daughter’s face, it also brought happy tears to his eyes.
“You go through something like this and there’s plenty of sadness and stress and whatever you go through, but something like this makes you break down completely differently,” he said. “It hits you that so many people can care about one little girl. It’s really special.”