Six-year-old Isabelle “Belle” Chappuies is described by her mom, Holly, as “brave” and “strong” – not unlike the other Belle, Jasmine and other Disney princesses.
These days, Belle, a kindergartener at Pemberville Elementary School, is calling on all her strength to fight off ALL-Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia – a diagnosis she received last July after complaining of tummy pains. She has been in and out of the hospital since which has taken a toll on her parents, Matt and Holly Chappuies, and her 10-year-old brother, Jack.
Repunzel, aka young Belle Chappuies,
“It’s the most helpless moment in a parent’s life when you realize you can’t fix or take away your child’s pain,” Holly said.
Although difficult and trying at times, the Chappuies are focusing on the good that has come from Belle’s illness. “We cry, we laugh and at times, we get frustrated, but in the end we are all so thankful that we were given the blessing of the day, to spend it with our child,” she said.
Last month, Belle was treated to a fairy tale afternoon fit for a little princess. On the afternoon of Friday, Dec. 17, a limousine pulled up to the Chappuies’ home and drove them to Ahava Spa and Wellness Center in Toledo where Isabelle was pampered with the royal treatment.
Then, dressed as Disney princess Repunzel, in a costume provided by Disney on Ice, Belle was chauffeured to the Huntington Center for a private, five-minute performance by the cast of “Treasure Trove,” the latest Disney on Ice production that had come to Toledo for a four-day run.
After the performance, Isabelle’s dream of meeting her favorite Disney princesses came true, as Repunzel and Tiana provided lots of hugs and photos. A meet-and-greet with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse followed. At the evening performance, Isabelle had the thrill of launching Repunzel's lantern.
The special afternoon was arranged by Disney on Ice. “We wanted to make her dreams come true – meeting some of her favorite princesses,” said Emily Masters, Disney on Ice spokesperson.