Shaylin Foster and her mother Chasity were all ready to run in the 10th anniversary Disney Princess Half Marathon in Walt Disney World at the end of February until tragedy struck.
On January 10, 2018, Shaylin was killed in a car crash on her way to school.
Despite initially being unsure about continuing with the race, Chasity ran the race with her husband, Chris, in her daughter’s place. And though Shaylin may not have been running alongside her, Chasity’s daughter was present in spirit.
Chasity and Shaylin often ran marathons together.
The mother–daughter duo planned to participate in this year’s Disney Fairy Tale Challenge, which includes a 10k and a half marathon during Walt Disney World’s Disney Princess Half Marathon weekend.
Tragically, one morning, 17-year-old Shaylin was killed in a two-car accident on her way to school.
Her daughter’s sudden death left her uncertain about her participation in the race.
The two planned to run during the Disney Prince Half Marathon weekend.
According to ABC Action News, Chasity wasn’t sure if she was going to run in the race without her princess by her side. But it was a conversation Shaylin’s best friend had with his mother that made her change her mind.
He wondered what Shaylin would have wanted them to do.
Chasity knew the answer.
Chasity’s husband and Shaylin’s father, Chris, stepped in and ran.
The weekend of the race, Chasity and her husband Chris traveled from their home in Georgia to Florida. Both sported a princess outfit: Chris wore the outfit Shaylin planned to wear, and Chasity wore a cross with Shaylin’s ashes.
“I was hesitant about wearing the necklace, but I wanted to have a piece of her with me on the course, since she wasn’t physically there,” Chasity said.
The grieving mother wore her daughter’s ashes as she ran the race the two planned to run together.
Before the race, Chasity had her husband check the necklace multiple times because she was nervous it would fall off.
Then, a nightmare.
“During mile three, I realized the necklace was missing,” Chasity told ABC Action News. “It’s devastating to lose any child and then to lose the necklace I started freaking out.”
Shortly into the race, she realized the necklace was missing.
The necklace disappeared somewhere between the toll booth in the parking lot for Magic Kingdom and where the princes lined up for race participants to take photos.
Chasity was devastated and sought the help of family and friends to retrace her steps in hopes of finding the necklace.
“To lose this necklace is just devastating and priceless,” she said. “No amount of money in the world could replace this necklace.”
The family returned home empty-handed.
UPDATE: February 26, 2018 @ 8:35 pm My cross has NOT been found. I have spoken with noone to inform me that it has…
Upon returning home, Chasity sent out a plea on Facebook. Her Facebook post has since been shared over 15,000 times and received over 1,000 comments.
runDisney sent out emails to all of the Disney Princess Half Marathon participants asking them to if they saw Shaylin’s ashes and Disney also gave their permission for groups to thoroughly search the park.
Unfortunately, Shaylin’s ashes have yet to be found, but Chasity is not giving up hope.
Chasity urges anyone who finds her daughter’s ashes to either turn the pendant into Disney’s lost and found or contact her on Facebook.