LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - ?
Monday Southland Rehabilitation and Healthcare helped Ali Najera celebrate her 10th birthday. Usually a double digit birthday is one of those birthdays that is special for most kids, but for Ali and her family each birthday is a blessing.
"She has iron accumulating in her brain and that's the part that controls the subconscious muscle movements and voluntary muscle movements," Said Tianna Morgan, Ali's mother.
Ali currently suffers from an incurable condition called Neuroaxonal Dystrophy. This disease just recently took away Ali's ability to walk. However, the bright eye girl isn't letting her disease bring her down.
"I am excited," said Ali.
Monday afternoon Ali spirits were high. She enjoying every second of her party. There were dancing,cake, presents and everywhere you looked there were birthday cards.
While most kids ask for toys, Ali asked for birthday cards. Her mother Tiana Morgan, turned to facebook to carry out her wish. In just one month, over 3600 cards have been mail to the family's home.
"A lot of the cards have personal messages, there are funny cards, musical cards. We got this one card and whoever sent it, took the time to write happy birthday to her in 30 different languages," said Morgan.
Stacy Snell, who organized the birthday bash, saw the story KTRE aired last month about Ali's birthday wish, and decided to take things a step forward and wanted to celebrate Ali's life.
"So we decided to call Ali's mom and ask her if there was anything else we could do,” said Snell. “She told us she Ali always wanted to be a cheerleader so then our minds go working.”
The facility called in the Diboll cheerleaders to do a special cheer.
"I am speechless,” said Morgan. I honestly don't know how to feel.”
In the end this is definitely one birthday party that Ali and her family will never forget.