Clayton, NC – A 2-year-old Clayton girl battling brain cancer was back on the road Friday, thanks to the generosity of a stranger.
Sara Beth Bagley was diagnosed with cancer when she was 4 months old and has to undergo weekly chemotherapy. When she is at home, her favorite pastime is riding her family’s golf cart.
But the golf cart was stolen from the family’s driveway late Wednesday. A neighbor’s doorbell camera caught someone walking through the yard, and the Bagley family’s doorbell camera showed the person casually driving away in the cart.
“I saw the article on WRAL this morning and it just hit me,” said Rob Hartshorn. “It was a good idea. I said, ‘You know what? She’s going to get a golf cart today.'”
So, Hartshorn loaded his electric golf cart onto a trailer and drove it from his home in Fuquay-Varina to Sara Beth’s house.
The story of the little girl who loves golf cart rides flattered Hartshorn, he said, noting that he’d lost his twin brother to cancer.
“A lot of people helped us get started then,” he said. “It felt good to help people, so I just wanted to repay.”
The Bagleys waste no time cruising their neighborhood on their new cart, Sara Beth on her father’s lap at the wheel.
“We actually had chemo today — every Friday — and as soon as we got home, she started asking me for a golf cart ride,” said Adam Bagley, Sara Beth’s father.
“She kept saying, ‘New golf cart ride, new golf cart ride,'” Bagley said. “Every time I stopped to say thank you, she put my hands on the wheel again and told me to drive.”
Thanks to Hartshorn’s generosity, the Bagleys can do the same. A GoFundMe page was set up to raise money for a new golf cart, but the more than $10,000 raised to date will now pay the family’s medical bills and support Children’s Cancer Partners of the Carolinas, a charitable trust. who has helped the family through Sara Beth’s treatments.
“This all happened because someone was being selfish, and we don’t want to be selfish. We want to be selfless ourselves,” Bagley said.
Hartshorn said he was happy to put a smile on Sara Beth’s face.
“I consider myself a blessed person, and I like to give back,” he said. “You can’t put a price on that – seeing that little girl smile was priceless.”
The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the theft of the golf cart. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 919-989-5010.