Big surprise for Heritage Landing girl shows community togetherness despite COVID-19

April 14, 2020


Saturday, April 4, was a very important day for Sloane Stadt for two reasons. She was home for the first time after an intense, month-long round of chemotherapy, and she was turning four years old.


Sloane was diagnosed with Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) on February 28. She entered the hospital on March 2 to begin treatment and returned home last weekend for a brief respite before returning to the hospital.


While Sloane was unable to celebrate with a party at home due to COVID-19, the community stepped in to help her celebrate her big day. A community car parade was organized in Heritage Landing where she lives with her family.


The procession included nearly 60 vehicles as well as vehicles from St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office and St. Johns County Fire Rescue. Many cars were decorated with balloons and signs. Lots of cars were honking, waving and dropping off birthday gifts for Sloane.


Sloane’s mother Ashley Stadt said in a Facebook post, “Extremely overwhelmed, humbled and grateful for this community support.” She said Sloane was shocked and added that, “happy does not even begin to describe her feelings.”


As a resident and Listing Agent in Heritage Landing myself, I must say this has always been a close-knit community. This is just one example of how our community comes together!


Learn more about Sloane’s AML journey at:


About Mirtha

For more than 15 years, Mirtha Barzaga has consistently been a fixture in World Golf Village and St. Augustine real estate. She is recognized as a top contributing agent for Davidson Realty, having been named as Davidson’s Top Sales Agent of the Year, Top Producing Agent of the Year, and Top Listing Agent of the Year. Mirtha can be reached at 904.501.1830 or

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