AMORY, Miss. (WTVA)-- Main Street in Amory was shut down Friday as hundreds of people from Amory and Hatley gathered to welcome home a teen in the midst of a fight for her life.
"She just woke up one morning kind of just throwing up. It was just like an average day. I was like, she's just got a virus," said Serra's mom, Jenny Pearson.
But, it wasn't just a virus. Jenny Pearson says that in April they learned Serra has a rare auto immune disease for which their is no cure.
"She said I know I only have three to five years if they find something to help me out, but if I can go home and have six weeks of quality time with my friends and family, then it will be well worth it," said Serra.
But, this Hatley teen didn't expect to come home and see Amory painted in orange, her favorite color. People lined the street with signs saying, "welcome home."
"Well, they told me there was a parade coming and I didn't expect it to be that big. I was expecting four or five people by the road, and I was like OMG, it's the whole town of Amory," said Serra
"We're here to provide service and love for Serra today," said Sherrill Clark, Serra's former teacher.
"Today was awesome! Today was overwhelming," said Pearson.
Serra says the surprise is one she will cherish always.
"I can't explain to ya'll, how much this means to me. I can't thank you enough for all the love support and the prayers and everything. It was awesome," said Serra