sometimes still do happen.
Four-year-old Brianna Causey got
to find that out Dec. 9 at the
MUSC Holiday Parade.
Brianna Causey with a yellow rose
before they take their carriage
pageantry fit for a princess,
Brianna navigated hospital
hallways in her light- up slippers
to meet up with Cinderella and
catch a carriage ride in the
grandmother, Nancy Moore, enjoys
grandmother, Nancy Moore, held her
pink princess blanket and watched
from the sidelines. She said she
was overwhelmed by the outpouring
of support for her family. Her
husband, Jeff, is being treated at
Hollings Cancer Center for renal
cell carcinoma and her daughter,
Tiffany Causey, 28, has leukemia
and underwent a bone marrow
transplant Aug. 18.
"She did great
at first and then all of a sudden,
she took a turn for the worse."
Her daughter wanted to take
Brianna to Disney World because
she's all into the princess stuff,
but she's not up for the trip.
When Tiffany's nurse learned of
Brianna's interest, she passed it
along to the hospital's Angel Tree
It started a
magical cascade of support.
Stivers and Cindy Kramer, right,
enjoy the magic.
Lori Stivers in Ambulatory Care
read the email, and knew what she
had to do. Stivers lost her mother
at age 5 and still can remember
the wonderful things that people
did for her at that time. She
decided she wanted Brianna to have
her own authentic Cinderella
costume so she contacted Disney
officials and had them FedEx the
whole princess ensemble to Myrtle
Beach, where she bought the outfit
as well as a Cinderella Barbie.
Even though it
was stormy weather, Stivers was
not to be deterred. "I cried all
the way to Myrtle Beach and back.
I'm so excited. It's what the
season is all about. It really
touched my heart. She needed to
have the real deal."
The real deal
included a Cinderella to ride with
right, Cindy Kramer, R.N., a blood
and marrow transplant coordinator,
who was blonde and taller than
5-foot-seven, the height needed
for a Hokus Pokus costume that was
being donated for the occasion.
Kramer then found herself booked
for a donated "updo" Cinderella
hairstyle at Strawberry Blonde
Salon and a professional makeup
job by skin therapist Joanna
Cindy Kramer gets a
Cinderella updo from stylist
Jessica Cantey, didn't have to
Google the Cinderella hairdo to
know how to style Kramer's hair.
"When I was young, for three years
that's all I had in my movie
player," she said, grinning,
thrilled to be able to help out
for the occasion.
businesses joined in to create the
magic. Tiger Lily Florist donated
two dozen yellow roses and Old
Towne Carriage Company charmed
crowds with a delicate white
Kramer, who has
a 3-year-old daughter who loves
princesses, said she was excited
to play the part and even watched
the movie again the night before
the ride to make sure she had all
her princess moves right. Before
she knew it, she had several other
appearances for the afternoon
requested by patients who are
immunosuppressed and unable to
leave their rooms.
Cinderellas take a private moment
before they take their carriage
Loving her job
as a transplant nurse, Kramer said
the nurses really get to know the
families because it takes a whole
family bonding together to get
patients through such a tough
time. "We're there to help them
have an opportunity to find a cure
to the end. We support them
through the good times and the
she's so thankful for the support.
Her daughter found out she was
pregnant with Brianna a month
after her diagnosis with leukemia
in 2007. She and her husband had
been trying to have a family, but
hadn't been able to. Doctors
described the risks, but Tiffany
opted to go forward with the
pregnancy, reducing some of her
cancer drugs until the end of her
pregnancy. She resumed her
treatment full force after her
daughter was born and is putting
up a tough battle, said Moore.
"She is the
strongest person. She has had so
much faith from the very
beginning. She's fighting with all
her might." Her seven-year wedding
anniversary was Dec. 11.
"It's been the
hardest thing of my life. I'm
trying to be strong." She has
taken a leave of absence from her
work, and is grateful to be next
door to her daughter's family in
Loris, near Myrtle Beach. Her
daughter watched Brianna in the
parade through an iPad Live
program. Meanwhile, Moore and
Brianna's father raced along with
"I know it's
making Tiffany happy to know her
little princess is doing well."