MANDEVILLE, La. - Woodlake Elementary's vice principal thought she was attending a normal end-of-year assembly Monday. But as Tara Dragon Hernandez held her 10-month-old son, the entire school broke out in a surprise flash mob for them.
It's been a rough year for Tara and her husband. When their baby boy, Grayson, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma cancer,Tara took a leave of absence from her 17-year career at the Mandeville school to help Grayson fight for his life.
'It's been a difficult year for us, but at the same time it's pulled us together to help us become closer,' said Woodlake Principal Lelia Parker.
It brought them close enough for nearly 800 students and teachers to learn a song and dance to 'Count On Me' by Bruno Mars. 'You can count on me like 1-2-3, I'll be there,' they all sang to Tara.
'I thought I was coming to sign some papers so that really took me off guard,' Tara said. 'You know people are there for you but then to see that, when push comes to shove, it was beautiful. It was beautiful.'
It was a parent at the school who organized the flash mob.
'We started practicing last week,' said Tiffoney Lajaunie. 'I taught a teacher from each grade. 'We just wanted to show her that the kids are thinking about her every day and show their appreciation to her.'
Seven-year-old student Jordan Sturiale pointed out, 'It was for Ms. Dragon because her baby wasn't feeling good and she was sad and the baby had to go to the hospital.'
'We were doing it for baby Grayson to help him get better,' added six-year-old student Evan Cooper.
Baby Grayson has endured four rounds of chemotherapy and surgery at St. Jude's that removed 98 percent of his tumor.
'So now it's just kind of a wait and see,' Tara said. 'We'll get another scan. There is two percent of active cancer tumor cells left in his body.'
But in the meantime hundreds of supporters, including family members who came from the Westbank and Slidell, say they've formed what they call the 'Grayson Nation,' and that's getting all of them through the fight.
'People from all over the world have been praying for him, so it's worked,' said Grayson's Aunt Stacy Hernandez.
Tara and her husband Gareth set up a website where you can follow Baby Grayson's progress. Click here for the link
There's also a trust for Grayson at Chase bank called 'The Grayson Nation.'