03/05/2015 05:09 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Teen With Cancer Gets The Ultimate Sweet 16 Surprise From Her Community

Last year, Abby Snider was too sick to celebrate her birthday. This year, she celebrated like a princess.

The teen was diagnosed with leukemia a year ago and has been in and out of the hospital. She hoped to have some sort of celebration for her 16th birthday since she was too ill the year before, but her parents had medical bills to pay. That's when their community stepped in.

Stillbrave Childhood Cancer Foundation, an organization that helps families of children with cancer, helped Abby’s parents throw a surprise "Sweet 16" party for their daughter by providing food, flowers and entertainment. The Virginia teen also had her makeup done and rode in a limo to what she thought was a fancy gala.

When she walked through the doors, everyone yelled, “Surprise!” For the first time, Abby realized this was all for her.

“At first I was confused and then I started screaming and then I started crying,” she told ABC News. “It was awesome. I literally felt like Cinderella for the night.”

Abby said she always wanted her 16th birthday to be a surprise. Thanks to her community, her wish came true.

H/T Elite Daily

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