Little girl, suffering from spina bifida, hosts birthday party - KCTV5

Little girl, suffering from spina bifida, hosts birthday party for friend

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Most 7-year-old girls celebrating their birthday look forward to the gifts they'll be getting - maybe a bicycle or Barbie dolls.

But, little Zaylee Zahabi isn't like most 7-year-old girls, so at a special party Saturday afternoon, Zaylee had a much different birthday wish.

They gathered in the Holy Cross Catholic School gym at 8101 W. 95th St. in Overland Park to have their hair and makeup done. There was also face painting.

And, there was birthday cake - actually, eight birthday cakes, along with plenty of friends to share them with.

In many ways, it was a typical birthday party for a cute kid, kindergartner Zaylee.

But Zaylee - who turned 7 at the end of March and suffers spina bifida, resulting in her use of a wheelchair and a walker - threw the party, not for herself, but for a friend - Josie Childress.

Josie is in Zaylee's dance class, but she doesn't get around as well as her friend. Josie was a victim of Shaken Baby Syndrome, which resulted in a childhood, to be followed by a lifetime, of cerebral palsy.

Zaylee wanted to help.

"We were actually laying in bed one night, and a St. Jude's commercial was on and I asked her if instead of having a party and getting presents, if she wanted to have a fundraiser for somebody or something or donate money and she said, ‘yeah mom, but I want to do it for my girlfriend, Josie.' So she chose on her own," Jennifer Zahabi, Zaylee's mother, said.

There were no gifts at the schoolwide carnival. But, there were donations to Zaylee's Wish Fund. All money raised will help cover the cost of a Mustang Gait Trainer/Walker for Josie and, down the road, maybe even a power wheelchair and a van ramp.

Josie's parents, who've adopted two children with special needs, recognize something else that's special - a little girl name Zaylee.

"We've raised $3,000 just before today. The response with the social media and all the people in the United States - we've been hit by Canada and Colorado and you name it. People have been donating" Jennifer Zahabi said.

Click here for more information or to donate to Zaylee's Wish Fund.

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