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“I knew we were waiting on a rock star!”

Our baby girl, Selah Grace Henderson, was diagnosed with Stage 4 High Risk Neuroblastoma Cancer on January 3, 2016, at age four. 

 We spent the majority of the next five months in the Greenville, South Carolina, hospital where Selah Grace underwent multiple surgeries and chemotherapy cycles. As her parents, it felt like an immediate deployment. We then found ourselves living part-time in Charleston for four months, commuting four hours each way while Selah Grace underwent two stem cell transplants. After that long, terrifying ordeal, we found our next battle in Jacksonville, Florida. There, she would need to undergo proton radiation simulation, and we were only given a day’s notice. 

 We were meant to head to Florida after she received a blood transfusion that same day, but we were worn out and too exhausted to drive the six hours to Jacksonville. Instead, we went directly to the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport, and I walked up to the Southwest ticket counter. A woman named Suzanne greeted me with a smile and kind eyes that gave me the courage to tell her our story and ask for help. Within no time we were waiting for our flight with very affordable tickets thanks to the help of Southwest Employees. We had no idea where we would stay that night—all we knew was we had to get her to the Florida Proton Center as soon as possible. We had stepped out in complete faith that day believing that everything would be taken care of. And it was.

While waiting on the first plane, Suzanne came upstairs to present us with a free voucher from Southwest for a night at the Comfort Inn and Suites. She also gave Selah Grace a Southwest airplane figurine. The weather in Atlanta caused our plane a huge delay; however, the Pilots in Atlanta waited for us for over two hours! They had reserved the front row seats for us and off we went. I was embarrassed because everyone had been sitting on that plane for so long at that point, but as soon as we leveled off in the air, a gentleman named Mike caught Selah’s attention, waving at her from his aisle seat.  He said, “I knew we were waiting on a rock star!” My tension began to ease because of his kindness. 

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