RALPHO TOWNSHIP– It’s a parade fit for a queen; the queen of Knoebels to be more precise.
“A lot of big smiles. A lot of laughter, and she loves Kozmo.” said Jennifer Kane from Gilbert.
This is 11-year-old Ciara Conarty from Gilbert. She was crowned queen of Knoebels here at the amusement resort near Elysburg, after spending a few days at the park free of charge with her family. It’s her Make-A-Wish, dream come true.
“We don’t have to think you know is Ciara going to have this kind of trouble today. There is no fear. It’s just relaxation and seeing Ciara really smile and enjoy herself,” said Kane.
Ciara has RETT Syndrome, a debilitating neurological movement disorder. Ciara can’t talk, she can’t walk or feed herself, but her family and friends says, they know when Ciara is happy.
“She loves this place. So, we knew it would be something that would make her happy,” said Eureka Wilson from Stroudsburg.
“There are some rides, Ciara usually wouldn’t be able to ride but, because she is queen, they made an exception.
“They turned off the strobe light for her, because Ciara has seizures and Ciara was smiling and laughing the whole way through,”
Ciara was definitely the center of attention in the parade, although she couldn’t keep her eyes open for all of it. Mom, Jennifer Kane says Ciara is exhausted from all the fun. Kane says this royal experience is one she won’t soon forget.
“It was beautiful to see all the people all here and looking at her. Her chance to shine,” said Kane.
“This is definitely about family and we support it a hundred percent. I hope they do it every year,” said Linda Wilson from New Jersey.
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