In 2008, just a week before her 3rd birthday, we received the crippling news. Our sweet little princess, Valicity, had Leukemia. Like any family would, we abandoned our normal lives, went to Seattle for treatment and fought with everything we had.
But we did not fight alone. Our friends and their friends, our family, and people we had never met before rallied to support us and our little girl. 14 exhausting months later our prayers were answered as we were told that the cancer was in full remission. To celebrate we held a ball, a “Princess Ball”.
Something this big this deserves tuxes, tiaras, and full-length gowns. It was our chance to thank the many families and friends who fought alongside us, a real celebration of life. It was also a chance to let Valicity live, if even for a night, the life of a princess. It was the only thing she ever wanted to be.
Sadly, a short time later Valicity relapsed. Just two months later she was gone. But, for that one special night the world was perfect. Just perfect.
More than a decade later, the Princess Ball lives on, not as reminder of our loss, but as a beacon of hope for the many families fighting the same fight. Once a year, on a very special night, we gather, now almost 1,000+ little prince and princesses strong and we dance, like the royalty we are, at the Princess Ball.
We dance for Valicity. We dance for each other. We dance because that is what princesses do.