Girl's Disney dream comes true

Cindy Kramer helps 4-year-old Brianna Causey, dressed as Cinderella, into a carriage Friday for the Medical University of South Carolina’s Angel Tree Parade. Brianna’s mother, Tiffany Causey, who recently received a bone marrow transplant, wanted to take her daughter to Disney World but couldn’t. Brianna’s dress came from the Disney Store in Myrtle Beach, courtesy of MUSC employee Lori Stivers, who drove there to get it.

Leukemia patient Tiffany Causey wanted to take her 4-year-old daughter Brianna to Disney World, but health complications kept that from happening.

Instead, the Medical University of South Carolina brought a slice of Disney to the little girl in the form of a horse-drawn princess carriage and Cinderella outfit.

Causey, 28, an X-ray technician in Loris, learned she had leukemia shortly before she found out she was pregnant with Brianna.

"Now, we have a healthy little granddaughter," said Nancy Moore, Causey's mother.

Causey's father, Jeff Moore, is battling renal cell carcinoma.

"At the moment they think it's back, but it's stable," she said.

The family's health troubles were brushed aside for a moment on Friday when Brianna appeared in a Cinderella outfit complete with light-up glass slippers.

"Brianna loves to dress up," her grandmother said.

The Cinderella dress came from the Disney Store in Myrtle Beach, courtesy of MUSC employee Lori Stivers, who drove there to get it.

Stivers recalled going to Disney World with her father after her mother died. "It meant a lot to me. I lost my mother when I was very young," she said.

In preparation for the carriage ride, Nancy Moore curled her granddaughter's hair and helped with other Cinderella preparations.

"I tried to do it like her mother would," she said.

Causey, diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia, received a bone marrow transplant to fight the cancer. The treatment resulted in "graft versus host disease," a condition in which white blood cells attack the liver, skin and intestines.

"She's having a really tough time at the moment, but she's a fighter," her mother said.

Brianna's dad, Kristopher Causey, 38, a project manager for a plumbing company, watched his daughter's dream come true. Cinderella joined the Angel Tree Parade, a collection of trucks, an ambulance, a shuttle bus, bikes and golf carts decorated for the holidays.

"It's just one thing after another, you know," he said. "But the people up here are great. They've all been like family to us."