After 11 years of fighting brain cancer, Chloe Sexton, 28, and Charlotte Sexton, 8, lost their mother Jennifer on April 12. After this, Chloe became Charlotte’s legal guardian.
In preparation for Charlotte’s birthday, Chloe had sent out invitations early on to give her little sister a lovely birthday, but the feedback left her disappointed with only one person replying.
After losing her mother in the middle of the academic year, Charlotte was forced to change schools. Chloe said that her parents and new classmates were both aware of her mother’s passing.
Left with no option but to turn to TikTok to vent out her anger, Chloe says as of Saturday, her video had way more views reaching to more than 30k comments and 9 million views.
Chloe reported that her comments and email started to overflow with messages from individuals wanting to assist with the party’s decorations, attend, and inquiring what to send as a present for Charlotte.
This was the first time that Chloe had witnessed individuals acting on their empathy. “The outpouring of love made me feel like I wasn’t simply a face online, but that my experience mattered to people,” Chloe says.
Thanks to the assistance of complete strangers, Chloe was able to surprise Charlotte on July 9 with visitors, balloons, gifts, and more.
A woman brought her horse from Oxford, Mississippi so that she could provide pony rides to the children at the celebration. Other ladies helped decorate the house and put together a balloon display.
People from all around came to visit throughout the day, even if just for 30 minutes. According to Chloe, there were once roughly 20 children living there.
A drive-by procession was also scheduled for Charlotte by an organization named Mid South Jeeps. About 25 to 30 jeeps passed by their Memphis home, some of which were throwing out gifts and others of which were playing birthday music.
The surprise even left the Little Charlotte asking Chloe if all this was prepared just for her. The birthday girl’s eyes were huge with happiness and so much enthusiasm.
In addition to being her first birthday without her mother, Chloe claimed that this was also her first birthday celebration ever. As her mother fought cancer for the most of her life, Charlotte had never attended a celebration like this.
After the day was finished, Charlotte did tell me, “I think mama would’ve enjoyed today,” Chloe said.