ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - All she wanted was to live long enough to see her son's first birthday.
Jorie Rogers was in the final stages of her battle with a rare form of cancer called Paraganglioma, but was able to have that wish come true thanks to an Illinois non-profit, and a few strangers who were touched by her story.
Rogers, a Ladue native, gave birth to Tristan despite being told by doctors that her radiation treatments would prevent her from conceiving. The boy was born with Down syndrome.
With rising medical costs, the family reached out to 3 Little Birds 4 Life to help ensure her son had the most amazing first birthday party ever.
"(Jorie) had three things that were at the top of her list," said 3 Little Birds 4 Life Event Planner Sabrina Torti. "She wanted lots and lots of balloons. She wanted a bounce house. And she wanted a clown. So we made sure those were the first three things that we secured."
Jorie Rogers died Mother's Day. She was 32.
This party was the 12th wish granted by 3 Little Birds 4 Life.