Community Gives Birthday Surprise To Claremore 11-Year-Old With Inoperable Tumor


Friday, August 21st 2020, 5:49 pm
By: Sawyer Buccy


CLAREMORE, Okla. -

A group of people in Claremore came together to give a little girl with a rare form of cancer a birthday surprise.

While 11-year-old Faith celebrated her birthday with her sister, community members decorated her room. News On 6 was there for the big reveal.

This surprise was originally going to be a beautiful wig, as Faith has been bullied lately because she lost her hair. However, she decided she wanted to rock her bald head, so the community gave her a bedroom makeover instead.

This bedroom makeover is something Faith's mom was wanting to do for her, and Friday, on Faith's 11th birthday, it is all hers.

Marti Jenkins has followed Faith's journey, so she reached out to Faith's mom, wanting to do something special for her daughter.

"She reached out on Saturday and said, ‘Hey Faith's birthday is next week. Do you by chance have maybe any connections with a furniture store so we can get her a new dresser or a desk for her bedroom?’ She wasn’t asking me to do it," said Jenkins.

Marti took that request and decided to redecorate Faith's entire room, but she needed help to make it happen. She posted online and people started giving.

In 2019, Faith was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma, a very rare and aggressive form of childhood cancer.

"You look at Faith and you see joy. She just smiles her way through all of this," said Faith’s mom Mindy Cowherd.

With her mom's help, Faith is fighting this with everything she has. She created a TikTok to document her progress. In July, she finished her last round of chemo. She has tests every three months to check on her tumor but she is feeling great.

"I look at this little girl, Faith just motivates me! Wow," said Jenkins.

This room is now Faith's special place to be a kid- healthy and strong.