NEWTON FALLS, Ohio (WKBN) – A Newton Falls girl turned 10 on Saturday and she had a great surprise for the special day.
Ella Marquette deserved the surprise and needed it.
There was a drive-thru birthday party for her.
Ella was diagnosed with a rare disease called Crouzon syndrome, which causes bones in the skull to develop abnormally and leads to surgeries. She pulled through a really difficult one in October.
Her mom said last year was difficult and Ella will have another surgery this May, but her family said she is a fighter. They wanted to celebrate her on Saturday with a surprise drive-thru birthday party.
Cars lined up honking and waving signs and balloons, and there was even a fire truck.
“Well, I like it. It was a little hard on my ear, but it was still fun,” Ella said.
The cars honking, people waving signs and balloons really lifted her spirits.
“It made me feel a little emotional that so many people came out to see her and how special she is,” said Traci Fraelich, Ella’s mom.
Fraelich said they are overwhelmed by the support they have received for Ella and that she is a very smart and brave young girl.