Florida teen with cancer has unforgettable birthday

Writer: Drew Hill
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Sarahi Ascencio is battling cancer that has only a 5-year survival rate. So, for her 14th birthday, one organization gave her a “dream birthday.”

Sarahi has Lumbo-Sacral Osteosarcoma, a cancer that affects the spine and pelvis. But she still wanted to have a happy birthday, as any other teenager would.

She spent this past weekend on a family getaway, taking a trip to Mote Marine Aquarium in Sarasota on Saturday. Her family had a picnic Sunday on Lido Key Beach and even got a free makeover from a boutique owner.

Jessica Chapman runs Sarasota Al Fresco, which provided the picnic. “That’s exactly what this is made for. For a family to get together, to share good conversations, to plop down, enjoy this amazing environment and each other. We wanted her to feel like she was just having the best weekend of her life.”

While Sarahi was having cake, her family took the time to share what they loved about her the most. Her mother, holding back tears, said simply everything.

Sarahi said her family means everything to her.

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