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Welcome Alyssa home with community parade

Granite Shoals resident Alyssa Flores with Selena Gomez

Alyssa Flores of Granite Shoals, pictured here in 2016 with pop star Selena Gomez, is coming home after a stay in the hospital while battling leukemia for the second time. Friends have organized a drive-through parade Wednesday, Dec. 2, at Quarry Park, 2221 N. Phillips Ranch Road in Granite Shoals. Staging is 5-5:30 p.m. Courtesy photo

Some Granite Shoals residents want to show 11-year-old Alyssa Flores and her family they aren’t walking alone as the youth battles a second round of leukemia. They organized a drive-through parade on Wednesday, Dec. 2, to show the Granite Shoals family how much they are loved and supported.

Alyssa is coming home after her most recent stay in the hospital. 

“This is something no child or family should have to go through, Alyssa certainly knows the meaning of being a superhero,” organizers Angi Stedman Canchola and Charity Rose posted on the “Fight with Alyssa” Facebook page. “Let us come together as a community and show this beautiful girl and her family that their fight is our fight too and they are not fighting alone.”

Parade participants should meet at Quarry Park, 2221 N. Phillips Ranch Road in Granite Shoals, next to City Hall, from 5-5:30 p.m. Wednesday for staging. People are encouraged to decorate their vehicles. 

The Flores family will drive through the display on their way home. Canchola will be in contact with the family as they make their return to Granite Shoals. She anticipates they will be arrive between 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Organizers also ordered T-shirts designed and coordinated by volunteer Courtney Alexander Mize. Printed on the shirts is the phrase “She Is Fierce, Strong, Brave, Full of Fire” as well as “#AlyssaStrong.” 

They don’t know if the pre-ordered T-shirts will arrive in time for the welcome home, but organizers have come up with an idea. Once the shirts do arrive and are passed out, they are asking people to take a photo of themselves wearing them. Organizers will collect the photos and create a keepsake book for Alyssa and her family.

For more information on the event, visit the Facebook page.