Warsaw girl gets Halloween surprise

An elementary school in Warsaw didn't have any average Halloween class party this year.

Kids of all grades gathered in the gymnasium to watch their classmate, a pre-kindergarten student receive the Halloween surprise of a lifetime.

Sarah, a 4-year-old at Sacred Heart in Warsaw lives with mitochondrial disease, which causes severe muscle weakness and fatigue among many symptoms. Often times, Sarah rides in a wheelchair (or Hot Wheels as her family refers to it), and at night, she is fed through a feeding tube.

Sarah has never been trick-or-treating as a result of her constant fatigue, but this year, her mom and teachers wanted to surprise her with a special type of costume. Sarah's wish was to be Cinderella, so with the help of several faculty members, and her fairy-godmother costumed sister, Sarah's dream came true.

The school watched as Sarah was granted her wish by shouts of "bippity, boppity, boo" that opened curtains to a sparkling, pink carriage. The design was created by a former teacher, now substitute, who wanted to do something special for a little girl in need.

"For a little girl like, Sara, you do whatever you can," said Carole Rutledge, who designed the carriage, "I think it will just be so magical for her."

Her mom was overjoyed with the surprise and couldn't have imagined a better Halloween surprise for her daughter.

"I knew they had a couple of things planned, but they went way beyond any surprise. And Sarah was shocked, she couldn't believe it. We're just so grateful for everyone and all of the hard work they put into it. It's just so overwhelming," said Sarah's mom, Mindy Stump.

Stump says Sarah deals with a constant struggle.

"All of those things together make up Sarah, who is a beautiful, energetic little girl. But she is often times weaker than other times and needs the hot wheels. Other times, she's full of energy and can get by without it. But it all just depends. It's a regressive disease, so some days are better than others. We just take it day by day and keep praying there are more good days than bad," Stump continues.

Stump says the family plans to go trick-or-treating in the new costume on Halloween.

"She'll get to be a real princess for one night, and I think that's going to be really special for her, and for her sister as well," says Stump. "It's going to be really great."

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