CENTRAL, La. (BRPROUD) — When Central Intermediate fifth-grader Avery Jobe arrived at school Friday, she was expecting a normal day with just a few announcements and to her surprise, she’d be getting the announcement of a lifetime.
“I thought we were going to be talking about middle school, Miss Leonard told us it was a fifth-grade assembly. I didn’t know it was going to be this,” said Jobe.
With the help of some surprise guests (Disney characters to be exact), Louisiana State Police and Dreams Come True of Louisiana, Avery and her family will be making a trip to the happiest place on Earth for seven days and six nights.
“We’ve never been to Disney before, it’s going to be a great experience,” said Jobe.
Just days ago, Avery rang the bell at St. Jude’s hospital, signaling the end of her chemotherapy treatment. For her parents, this surprise trip is the first step to getting back to a sense of normalcy.
“It has it’s ups, it has it’s downs, you just never know when something like this can happen to your family. It’s just the support from the community and from St. Jude and everybody has been amazing,” said Emily Jobe, Avery’s mom.
It was that very support that inspired State Trooper Chase Huval to reach out to Dreams Come True of Louisiana.
“My son came home at the beginning of the year telling me about one of his friends who was diagnosed with cancer,” said Huval.
Huval couldn’t do it alone. A couple of emails later, he had the whole LSP team supporting Avery along with her classmates.
“This gets the guys motivated, it makes them think of why they do this job. I’ve heard nothing but positive stories about the kids, how they supported Avery when she lost her hair,” said Huval. “Life is short, if you can touch one person that’s what it’s all about.”