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SLIDESHOW: Local girl becomes real-life Cinderella for a day

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's a real life Cinderella story for a Louisville girl who has been given just weeks to live.

Teachers, students -- in fact, all of Cochran Elementary, made sure 5-year-old Jerrica Stone was a princess for the day.  As teacher Heather Stone put it, "It's supposed to be the teacher teaches the students -- not in this case."

Jerrica Stone became Cinderella for a day.  Doctors say the kindergartner may not live to see Christmas.  Her body is shutting down, fighting a deadly disease.

As teacher Shannon Putman explains, "You can even see from the beginning of school she would come and she could be in her power wheelchair and she could drive that herself.  And now she's more comfortable in the stroller type wheelchair.  So you can see even in the last two months, her body getting weaker and -- but her spirit never does, and that always comes through, so that's kinda the exciting thing."

Her wish for Halloween -- what any little girl wants to be -- a princess.  When the school learned Jerrica's adoptive parents may not be able to make that happen, everyone jumped into action.

Putman explained her intentions: "We're doing a carriage, we're doing dress shoes, does not matter, so she had her tiara, so there was no stopping for her."

And they didn't stop, starting with a parade down the halls to clapping and cheers from students and teachers alike.  Jerrica was hand in hand with her Prince Charming, Jaden Gilbert.  Then she went down a red carpet and was wheeled to her horse and carriage.

Delicately picked up by her dad, Jerrica gets her fairy tale wish -- even if it's just for a day.  Her mother Barbara McClaren says, "Even though her body doesn't do all the things we want it to do, she just has this amazing strong spirit behind her."

Jerrica has unspecified mitochondrial disease. While she may have just weeks to live, doctors also said she wouldn't live past three.  She's now five, and her teachers say she's a fighter.

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