Longview, WA (WMC/CNN) - span.count tweet
How can a moment be so heartbreaking and so heartwarming at the very same time? The moment, a bittersweet homecoming for a 4-year-old girl who is dying of cancer. Addy Jo Clifton has been battling Acute Myeloid Leukemia since 2014, most of her young life. She went through chemotherapy last year to fight the disease. But, after a recent blood transplant, it was discovered that she would not survive.
Her family wanted her to come home to celebrate her fifth birthday. But, this would be no ordinary party. Addy got a ride to her Longview, Washington home in a limo, escorted by hundreds of motorcycles. She loves motorcycles. Her father, a member of Bikers Against Child Abuse, rallied friends and strangers alike. It seems as if the entire biker community in the area showed up to escort Abby home from hospice.
She may be spending her last days at home, but her spirit will inspire hundreds long after she's gone. "Believe me, she has fought hard," Addy's grandfather Dan Cliffton said. "She just tears at your heart strings."
Support for Addy and her family grew on social media. Posts of support flood a Facebook page dedicated to the little girl. Jennifer Guard Bukhalter wrote: "What an awesome show of love for little Addy Jo. She is loved by so many."
Addy's grandfather posted:
Addy posted a sweet video message on Facebook to the bikers as well:
Addy's family is asking as many people as possible to send the little girl a postcard to show their support and love. You can send one to:
P.O Box 2567
Longview, WA 9863
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Chris Best is the Assistant News Director for WMC Action News 5. He's a husband and father of four, He's also a motorcycle enthusiast.