Benton City — Preschool teacher Judi Harding gives Bailey Castillo a finger sandwich Thursday morning during a surprise Princess Party thrown for her at the developmental preschool class run by the Kiona-Benton City School District.
Community members organized the party for the young girl who is battling cancer.
Diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor less than two years ago, Bailey, 4, has undergone surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
Doctors recently found more than 20 new tumors spread throughout her body, prompting a new round of chemotherapy. Her parents, Lindsey Parr and Eddie Castillo, said the treatment has shrunk the tumors slightly.
Her family describes her condition as terminal.
Yet they remain hopeful.
Bailey's school and others in Benton City also have stepped up to help.
Fundraisers have generated thousands of dollars for the family, primarily to pay for Bailey's travel for treatment in Seattle and elsewhere outside the region.