Taylor girl battling leukemia for second time gets special visit during "horsey house call"

Posted at 6:45 PM, Jun 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-24 18:58:12-04

A young Taylor girl battling leukemia for a second time had a very special visitor Friday afternoon.

Camp Casey, a nonprofit horseback riding outreach program for children with cancer, surprised Trista Kirby with a "horsey house call." 

The nonprofit brings horses to the doors of children who may be too sick to enjoy a day out. 

The 8-year-old had the chance to ride Camp Casey's Queen B around the block in the company of friends and family. 

"Felt like my motor scooter, but a little bit bigger," said Trista.

But this isn't her first rodeo. Camp Casey surprised Trista with her first "horsey house call" back in 2009. She was just 3 years old, and it was when she first was diagnosed with leukemia. 

"It's a lot different... having something so special like this come into her life when she's 9, so we decided to make the exception and to bring Queen B out here today so that we can give her a glimpse of happiness during this hard time that she's going through," said Molly Reeser, founder of Camp Casey. 

7 Action News introduced you to Trista last month and viewers from across metro Detroit have stepped up to help the Kirby family during this tough time. 

The Kirby family says they're so happy to have this horse experience today, because on Monday, she goes back to the hospital for about a week for treatment.

If you would like to help the family, a GoFundMe page has also been set up for donations.

To learn more about Camp Casey, go here.