A mother from Georgia faced her worst nightmare on Jan. 10 when her 17-year-old daughter, Shaylin Foster, was killed in a car accident while driving to school. Now Chastity Foster is facing yet another heartbreaking loss: The mom lost the necklace that held her daughter Shaylin’s ashes while wearing it during the race to remember her firstborn.
Just over a month after the Grovetown community began mourning the loss of the high school senior, her family took part in the Disney Princess Half Marathon. The 13.1-mile run through the park was one that Shaylin had signed up for herself, and even bought a costume for before she passed away. In her honor, Shaylin’s father ran the half marathon in the outfit she picked out. But in celebrating something that their daughter planned to do, the couple has lost a part of her that was very dear to them.
In a Facebook post from Sunday, Chasity shared the story of why they ran, along with two photos — one that featured a necklace with a cross, and another that showed Shaylin running the half marathon in previous years. The necklace held the ashes of the teenage girl.
“During [the] race my necklace containing Shaylin’s ashes fell off between entrance of Magic Kingdom parking entrance toll area and where princes stood,” Chasity shared in the post. “If anyone finds this, please let me know. Please share with everyone!!”
Since she posted this, Chasity’s message has received hundreds of comments as well as thousands of shares by people attempting to help spread the word. And while there’s been no word about the necklace being found yet, some people sharing their own stories to encourage the family not to give up hope.
“I lost a gold charm given to me by my mother on one trip and found it one year later in the bottom of a duffle bag,” one person responded. “Look carefully in your clothing and ask your beautiful angel to help you find it.” Another echoed that sentiment, writing, “I found my mom’s diamond from her wedding band in my room 5 years after she lost it. There is hope!!”
Numerous accounts associated the Disney park have shared the post to bring awareness to anyone working at or visiting the park. The rest are sending their prayers and sharing their hopes that the necklace is somehow found and returned to the family.
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