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Make-A-Wish child's 'wish come true' announced at Tyler's Macy's

By Jamey Boyum - email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Macy's and the Make-A-Wish Foundation have teamed up to make 17-year-old Chandler's dreams come true. Chandler, who is battling Leukemia, has always wanted to visit the Big Apple during Christmas, but that's an expensive trip.  Friday, Macy's gave her a princess make over, and Make-A-Wish surprised her with an extra-special gift

Chandler Russell was diagnosed with leukemia in 2008.

That was when she and her mom, Frieda, found out about Make-A-Wish, and people like Kara Park.

She said, "Today [Friday], we told Chandler, who is 17-years-old, that she is going to New York City next Wednesday. She had no idea. It was a total surprise to her and she gets to go to Serendipity and Rockefeller Center and go see the Rockettes...so she is going to have a wonderful time."

Chandler said, "I'm really thankful to the Make-A-Wish people and this is awesome."

Things are looking up for Chandler in more ways than one.

She said, "They try to get you into remission the first month of the treatment. It was like the second month I was in remission."

Her mother, Frieda said, "She's got to go five years and she'll be considered cancer-free. So, every time I go for a checkup my heart skips a bit, then they call me and say the blood work looked good and we're rolling again for another month."

So far, so good. But, now it's time for her mom, a friend, her sister and Chandler to go to New York for six nights.

Four girls in New York...that sounds like trouble.

"That's what I said...but I don't think Make-A-Wish bails you out so we're going to stay out of trouble, " Freida stated.

Is Chandler going to have your senior pictures taken in New York?

"I already have my senior pictures made, " She said sadly.

You can bet they'll still take a lot of pictures...and a maybe take a fifth friend, a Make-A-Wish teddy bear Chandler decided to name Jamey.

Since 1980, Make-A-Wish has granted over 193 thousand wishes to children around the world.

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