HAMILTON, Ohio (FOX19) - An 8-year-old Butler County girl battling brain cancer got a surprise Saturday, as the Butler County Sheriff’s Office brought her face-to-face with a unicorn.
Naomi Short was diagnosed with stage-4 brain cancer in late 2019. She had four brain surgeries in quick succession and also began radiation treatment. She is now preparing to begin chemotherapy.
Meanwhile, the Hamilton community has rallied around Naomi. That now includes the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.
“The Butler County Sheriff’s Office Mounted Patrol knows how much Naomi LOVES unicorns, so they dressed up Mounted Patrol Horse Anna Marie as a Unicorn!! She was thrilled!!" The sheriff’s office said in a Facebook post Saturday, adding its thanks to Hamilton Fire Department Station 26 for hosting the encounter.
Naomi, the sheriff’s office says, has been collecting toys for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital as well, and the sheriff’s office apparently got in on the toy drive, delivering “lots of toys” to Naomi on Saturday.
“She was truly grateful!!” they said in a follow-up Facebook post.
On Sunday, Naomi was treated to another magical encounter. She was invited to a princess ball in Loveland. The American Legion bought Naomi a Belle costume and paid for a limousine to serve as her transportation to and from the party.
“It just felt so amazing,” Naomi said.
Anyone interested in donating toys to Naomi’s toy drive can contact the Naomi Strong Facebook page for information on drop-off locations.