WAYNESVILLE, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) – Most little girls dream of being a princess but under the Friday night lights, Waynesville High turned Reagan Scacchetti into a queen.
The seven year old has been fighting a rare form of brain cancer for five years.
“She’s a big role model for us all,” said Anthony Carmichael, Waynesville’s quarterback and Scacchetti’s cousin. Before hitting the field, he made sure to spend time with his biggest fan.
“She’s always happy. She’s never down in the dumps, upset. She’s always high-spirited, always talking to people, wants to know people. She’s just amazing,” Carmichael said.
Reagan was diagnosed with a low-grade hypothalamic/optic chiasmatic glioma when she was just two years old. Because of where the tumor is located in the brain, completely removing it is impossible.
“She had hemorrhages earlier this year and the hemorrhages have just shaken everything up, hence the external ventricular drain that’s taped to her head,” Reagan's mother Becca Scacchetti said.
“There’s no treatments left at this point so we’re at the stage where we have to allow this to take its course and just pray for mercy, just pray for more time,” Ray Scacchetti said.
Reagan has been in Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for the last nine months.
But Friday, Reagan’s doctors released her so she could be named Wayneville’s honorary homecoming queen.
“Normally, kids with EVDS don’t leave the unit, let alone leave the floor or hospital so they moved mountains and made it happen,” Becca Scacchetti said.
The entire Waynesville football team wore purple wristbands, to show they were also on Team Reagan.
“Events like this, it’s spectacular. It’s what gets us through,” Ray Scacchetti said.
Anthony Carmichael was also named Waynesville homecoming king and said he would be playing Friday’s game in Reagan’s honor.