Never mind the bitter cold of January. When a sick little girl asked for a fireworks show, the Hannibal community found a way to grant her wish.

The Hannibal Courier-Post reports that a large crowd turned out Wednesday in Hannibal, despite below-zero wind chill, to watch the show and support to 11-year-old Molly McKinley. Molly is fighting a life-threatening form of ataxia, a neurological disorder.

She had asked the Make-A-Wish Missouri for a trip to Disney World. When her illness made that impossible, the organization sought to give her a Disney-like party in Hannibal, which is Mark Twain's hometown.

People in the community pitched in. The event Wednesday also included a ceremony crowning her, "Princess Molly."

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