When North County Primary staff heard that seven-year-old Summer Warren's wish was to ride over a rainbow on a unicorn, they did everything in their power to make it happen.
Summer is a first-grader undergoing treatment for an inoperable, cancerous tumor wrapped around her brain stem. There have been a number of events held since her diagnosis to help the family offset the cost of medical expenses.
North County Principal Emily Bach said when Make A Wish Foundation interviewed Summer about her wish, she stated she wanted to ride a unicorn over the rainbow with her mother.
"Make A Wish didn't quite know what to do with that, but when we got wind of it, we decided we would do whatever we could to make it come true for her,” Bach said. “Our art teachers, Miss Dalton, and volunteers from the community came forth to help to make our gym into a great castle and hopefully make a wish come true for her ... Also, Crystal Miller and her family were kind enough to bring the horse for free. They donated their time and efforts to make it work and they did a great job.”
On Wednesday, Summer sat on a throne in front of a castle overlooking a rainbow road that was lined with the students of North County Primary. Everyone was carrying a special wand in their hands to help Summer's fairy tale wish come true.
Bach stood before the crowd and settled them to listen to a story — a very special story about a special princess who had a wish, and as all stories start … "Once upon a time, there was a beautiful princess named Summer, for she was as bright as the sun, as warm as the summer's breeze and as fun as a summer's day," read Bach.
The story went on until the students were asked to wave their magic wands to help the unicorn appear so Summer could have her wish of riding a unicorn over the rainbow. The kids waved and waved those wands and as the unicorn appeared, they cried out in joy at its appearance.
Summer climbed up onto its back with help and she rode that unicorn up and down the rainbow road with her sister by her side. Summer's eyes were shining with happiness and a smile lay upon on her face.
She then went back to her throne where she was crowned the queen of the land.
"Princess Summer was known from that day forth as Queen Summer, for she helped all other kingdoms to see light in us all. Because she believed in her subjects and she knew that with their love, hope and friendship, she could make her wish come true," read Bach.
All of the students from her class taught by Sarah Dalton lined up and each one handed Summer flowers as they passed her throne. Summer was able to spend some time with her magical unicorn and go for another ride once the students were dismissed back to their classrooms.
Also, there were several gifts left for Summer at her throne and she was able to open them with her fellow classmates. She was excited with the gifts she received and was happy to see her friends since she had been away for awhile.
Summer's mom, Sam Cummings, with tears in her eyes, said after seeing everything take place, she was just speechless.
"That was amazing and she loved it. She has never ridden a horse and has always wanted to. It was amazing that they were able to do that. I wouldn't even be able to know how to say thank you to everyone that has helped us," said Cummings.
Summer's sister, Allison Cooke, said she is amazed by what the school did.
"I just think it's wonderful that people are doing this for my sister. The way that the community has pulled together to make her wishes come true, is just amazing," said Cooke.
A Facebook page, "Sunshine for Summer," was set up by family and friends in support of Summer.
According to the page, Summer was diagnosed in October after exhibiting some concerning symptoms. Summer has been diagnosed with stage 4, wide spread cancer and the type of cancer she has is a very rare form and traditional drugs aren't an option.
The doctors have explored other treatment options, which require the family to travel from Bonne Terre to St. Louis five days a week. With treatment, they have been given eight to 12 months with Summer.
For more information visit "Sunshine for Summer" Facebook page.