Jade Phillips, 12, spends some time with her twin brother, Halen, in their backyard Tuesday afternoon. Jade is a patient at Children’s Medical Center, and she’s been selected to participate in the Neiman Marcus Adolphus Children’s Christmas Parade in Dallas on Dec. 2.

She gets to show the country her beautiful smile, wave to thousands of people and be on television — all in the same day. It’s her chance to shine and show the world that she lives.

Twelve-year-old Jade Phillips of Greenville has been selected to ride in the 18th Annual Neiman Marcus Adolphus Children’s Christmas Parade, which will be held at 10 a.m. in downtown Dallas on Dec. 2. The parade benefits the Children’s Medical Center in Dallas.

Jade has hydrocephalus, an abnormal buildup of cerebrospinal fluid within the cavities of the brain. It’s a lifelong condition, and she has a shunt in her brain that continually drains the excess fluid.

She is the daughter of Kevin and Marlene Phillips, and she has a twin brother, Halen, and a sister, Ali, 17. She has been a patient at Children’s Medical Center since she was an infant.

When Jade was one month old, she got bacterial meningitis, which resulted in hydrocephalus.

“She got really sick, and the prognosis was pretty poor when we came home from the hospital,” Marlene Phillips said.

“Doctors told us more than once that she wasn’t going to make it, but she was a fighter,” Kevin Phillips added.

Jade’s shunt has malfunctioned several times, and she’s had to have seven surgeries to replace it. Her last surgery was when she was in first grade, and she has yearly CT scans to monitor her condition.

“The hardest part is her developmental challenges,” Marlene said. “She has to work hard at school, and she works hard to earn everything. We feel very blessed, however, that she’s doing as well as she’s doing.”

Jade is a sixth grader at the Greenville Intermediate School. She takes choir and piano, likes to listen to music, dance, and she loves to cook.

During the parade, Jade will be riding in a convertible with a character and will wave to the crowd. More than 350,000 people attend the parade, and last year, 118 million households around the country watched the event.

Jade said she’s excited to get to be in the parade.

“I was surprised,” she said. “I’ve never been on TV before.”

“Her brother and sister have been in the Greenville Christmas parade, and she always watches,” Marlene said. “But this year, she’s in a parade.”

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