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Mother, daughter battling cancer together get a day of pampering

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At an age when most kids are climbing trees and riding bikes, Lindsey Crawley was in a hospital bed undergoing chemotherapy and getting her brain tumor removed.

"In my sketch books, I draw me as super girl and I have two bad guys as cancer and tumor," said Lindsey Crawley.

Now, at age 14, she's been battling cancer for 10 years and she's ready to be cancer free.

"That's all I remember is just brain surgeries, radiation and chemo," said Lindsey.

"To hear that your child has something like that and you don't know what their future is," said Lindsey's mother, Angie Rouse.

In the midst of the hardships, her mother has always by her side.

"Mom, you're my very best friend," said Lindsey.

But, recently Rouse's sympathy turned into empathy.

"In April, I was diagnosed with breast cancer," said Rouse.

She admits every day is a struggle. But on this day, that struggle took a backseat to glamour, ice cream, limo rides, and smiles.

Founder of the Pink Hearts Fund JoAn Niceley set up the day for the pair, who she said have a partnership like no other.

"I can't imagine having to go through cancer myself and also take care of my child that's going through cancer," said Niceley.

After a luxurious limo ride, the two were greeted by Gulf Coast "paparazzi" at Salute Restaurant. They walked through the crowd with smiles and were taken inside to a room decorated in pink.

"This is the best day of my life," said Lindsey.

Lindsey was crowned princess and her mother was crowned queen. Side by side, they stood not thinking about tomorrow because for this moment nothing else mattered but tiaras and a pretty pink princess coat.

"I'm just happy to be here, I'm just surprised," said Lindsey. "Thank you so much."

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