Carrington and her mother at St. Mary’s 5K race in 2008

A grandfather’s handwritten letter to President Obama turned into a trip to the White House for a 9-year-old Hampton girl who lives at St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children in Norfolk.

Carrington, her mother and her maternal grandfather were at the White House this afternoon to take part in the 2010 Easter Egg Roll.

“It was beautiful,” said Carrington’s mother, Cecelia Walker, as the family was getting ready to head back to southeastern Virginia after a long day. “The highlight of it all: There were 1,200 volunteers.We found a volunteer who guided us through the whole thing, every single station.”

In February, Carrington’s grandfather, Harold C. Brown Jr. of San Francisco, mailed a letter to the president requesting that Carrington be invited to this year’s Easter Egg Roll. He included some photos of his granddaughter.

Last week, he received a call from the White House and an email letting him know that three tickets had been reserved for him, his granddaughter and his daughter. The proud grandpa flew from California to Virginia so the three of them could drive together to Washington, D.C., on Easter Sunday.

You can read more about Carrington’s adventure here, on the website of the Daily Press of Newport News.

For more information about the Easter Egg Roll, click here.

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