Local high school dance team grants sick girl's wish

ST. JOHNS, Mich. (WSYM) - A Mid-Michigan sheriff’s office and high school dance team brought Disneyworld to a Mid-Michigan girl suffering from brain cancer.

Eight-year-old Alexis Schueller of Ovid was diagnosed with neuroblastoma.

After recently taking a turn for the worse, Schueller was no longer able to take a trip to Disneyworld. The trip was part of a wish granted by the Make a Wish Foundation.

The dance team at St. John’s High School do what they can to serve their community. Their latest act of kindness is making rounds on social media.

The team answered a call from the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office to help out a family with the devastating news.

“There was a little girl in Sparrow Hospital who has cancer and her family was supposed to be going to Disney through the make a wish foundation,” said Michelle Lindquist, a dance coach at St. John’s High School. “She had taken a turn for the worse, she was admitted to the hospital instead.”

In just hours the team canceled all plans and brought Disneyworld to Schueller and her family without leaving Sparrow Hospital.

“I knew it defiantly would be difficult to see,” said Samantha Colthorp, a member of the St. John’s High School dance team. “You have this picture in your head of what it’s going to look like versus what it actually is, and it’s just very different and it’s hard.”

But through the sadness, a smile. It turns out that they are the perfect team for the job.

“We do a tea party every spring where the girls dress up like princesses,” said Lindquist. “We had our tea party in March and everything had been washed and put up to storage and we just ran up there and pulled it all down and everyone got dressed.”

After a day to reflect, the team now appreciates even more everyday life we take for granted.

“You never realize how much you take for granted until you see something like that and it just kind of puts it into perspective,” said Colthorp.

Clinton County Sheriff Lawrence Jerue says the department met Schueller during shop with a cop and the department instantly fell in love with her.

The Clinton County Sheriff’s department adopted the family for Christmas.

A Go Fund Me page has been established to help the family pay for medical costs.

The dance team says Ariel is Schueller’s favorite Disney character.