SPECIAL DAY: Zayden Sewell, Jayden Grice, Madison Mctighe, Rory Grice, Michaela Spencer, Daniel Spencer, Shylah Kenny, Kyaan Sewl, Robbie Huddleston and Blake Denniss wish Shontae Denniss (right) a happy birthday.
SPECIAL DAY: Zayden Sewell, Jayden Grice, Madison Mctighe, Rory Grice, Michaela Spencer, Daniel Spencer, Shylah Kenny, Kyaan Sewl, Robbie Huddleston and Blake Denniss wish Shontae Denniss (right) a happy birthday. Andrew Morgan

Shontae celebrates milestone 7th birthday

FOR the Denniss family, Shontae's 7th birthday bash was nothing short of special.

Dressed in a blue Frozen dress, the birthday girl was surrounded by 20 of her closest friends and family at their home, which was decorated in the Disney theme.

Grandma Maree Grice said they'd spent the whole morning decorating.

"It was obvious Frozen was going to be the theme because it's Shontae and Michelle's favourite movie," she said.

Shontae spent the day listening to her favourite band, One Direction, and being cared for by her supportive friends and family.

Shontae was diagnosed with a neurodevelopmenal disorder, Rett syndrome, at 18 months old, which makes every birthday a special milestone.

"Every year it's special and we treasure it with photos and videos," Mrs Grice said.

"I just can't believe she's turning seven, time flies."

The birthday was made even more special with the presence of her great grandma Janet Collins, face painting for the kids and party game favourite, pass the parcel.

Just weeks ago seven year olds Shontae Denniss and Abby were strangers but now, after sharing the same birthday party date, have found a friendship.

After hearing about Shontae's plea for donations to fund a wheelchair accessible van, local child Abby decided to take action.

She selflessly decided that at her party, instead of friends bringing presents, they could donate to Shontae's fund.

More than 18 children donated on Saturday at Abby's pool party and the generosity has left the Denniss family overjoyed.

" It's so special," Mrs Grice said.

"It doesn't matter how much she raised, the fact that that precious little girl chose to do that for us is priceless. I just can't thank her enough."

The next step is planning Shontae's eight birthday.

"It gets harder each year, to think of a theme and a way to make it bigger and better," Ms Denniss said.



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