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Warning: don’t watch this video if you don’t have a box of tissues handy.

Claire Lankford, 5, of Dickinson, Texas, is battling a rare form of cancer called Rhabdomyosarcoma.

There is no cure for the disease and her family is determined to cherish every moment they have.

Like many 5-year-olds, Claire is a big fan of princesses and fairy tales, so a family friend decided to give her the royal treatment in a big way.

Claire Lankford Princess Party

Claire’s "Princes Parade" was complete with a marching band, cheerleaders and a horse-drawn carriage ride down a street lined with hundreds of friends, neighbors and supporters.

Claire wore a princess gown provided by a local bridal store and even her parents got in on the royal fun – her mother dressed as Belle and her father as Prince Charming.


It was a great break from the realities of cancer for little Claire. "I haven’t been feeling good," she told KHOU News in Houston. "I have tubes in my sides… and they have to give me some medicine."

"They were trying to just make me feel better, but it really hurt."

Wow, it sure is dusty in here all of a sudden. That probably explains why my eyes won’t stop watering.