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MCTS Participates in Parade to Support Girl with Cancer

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) was proud to participate in a parade on Thursday, April 30th to help bring a smile to the face of a girl with terminal cancer.

Dozens of vehicles from the Milwaukee Fire Department, Milwaukee Police Department, Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office, Bell Ambulance, Milwaukee DPW, MCTS, House of Harley-Davidson, and other agencies drove past the home of 13-year-old Jayla Rodriguez on Milwaukee’s south side. There were also appearances from Spiderman, a princess, relatives, friends, and neighbors who all waved signs of support.

Jayla was too weak to watch the heartwarming show from her window, so she instead saw it via a livestream on her family’s smartphone.

Jayla was first diagnosed with cancer when she was five. After beating it the first time, cancer came back when she was 10 and she recovered again. But now the cancer has returned in the form of a brain tumor. Jayla has been at home in hospice care for the last five months.

“To see her eyes light up like that is overwhelming,” Jayla’s father told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Thank you to the Milwaukee Fire Department for organizing the parade -- and thank you to everyone who participated. Jayla, you are loved!