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On Friday, Sabrina Linhares
wore a dreamcatcher shirt to her middle school, St. Pius V School in Buena Park
. It was a significant choice, but as her teacher Natalie Frazee
remarked, Linhares had no idea her dream was really coming true that day.
The 13-year-old Linhares attended St. Pius V until she was diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia in October 2011. Now home-schooled due to intense treatment and chemotherapy, Linhares' classmates came up with two pages of ideas to cheer her up.
One of the ideas was a long shot--to help her meet her favorite musician, Australian singer Cody Simpson. Frazee described Linhares' love for Simpson as an obsession. "She signs her name as 'Sabrina Simpson,'" Frazee said. "She has all of her books covered in pictures of him...and on free dress days, she will always wear a shirt with him on it."
It was a plan: to make it work, Linhares' 7th and 8th grade classmates wrote 114 letters to the 15-year-old pop singer, explaining Linhares' love for him. They asked if he could do something--anything--to help. "They were the ones that initiated it," Frazee said. "All I did basically was fulfill it. The idea and the hardwork came from them."
On Dec. 14, Simpson's father Brad called Frazee.
"There was such a large amount of [letters]; it was like, wow, the kids in this school put a ton of effort into taking the chance that I would see the letters and come to the school," Cody Simpson said. "When I saw that, and especially Sabrina's hard work, what she's going through...I love making people's dreams come true."
The plan was kept a surprise from Linhares. When her parents brought her to St. Pius V, all they told her was that her classmates had made a slideshow for her. The seventh and eighth grade students filed into the auditorium and sat on the floor facing a large projector screen. When Sabrina arrived, they played a slideshow in her honor. It began with baby and childhood pictures that invoked a few "aww"s from the audience, then transitioned into silly pictures and personalized messages from her classmates. Of course, "All Day" and "On My Mind" by Cody Simpson played in the background.