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Make A Wish Foundation Grants Four-Year-Old's Wish

It's any four-year-old's dream, a personal playground. Tonight, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, one four-year-old boy has just that. When Austin Arvizo of Tyler was diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition, he asked his wish granters for the coolest playground in Texas.

For the past year, Austin, the youngest of 5 brothers and sisters, has been battling a rare form of cancer.

"He got diagnosed back in September '04 and he's been through chemotherapy, about 5 months of that and two bone marrow transplants and radiation treatments," said Vincent Arvizo, Austin's father. "He's a brave little boy. I mean he's strong." Today, that strong little boy got something he always wanted, a rainbow playground for him and his family.

"There's several options," said Vincent Arvizo. "You can meet celebrities or go to Disneyland or something like that, but we just thought it was something for him that would last a little longer." His sisters stood by and watched as the pieces were put together. Austin's older brother Tyler decided to help. It wasn't long before they were using the slide.

"All right," said Vincent Arvizo to Austin. "You want to slide down it. You ready to slide." Austin was outside for only a few minutes, just long enough to see him smile.

"He's a very compassionate little boy," said Vincent Arvizo. "I mean he's such a lovable boy." When it was all done, the whole neighborhood came out to play.

"You can't put it into words," said Rebecca Robinson, Austin's Wish Granter. "It's a wonderful moment. It really is."

Austin's sister says she can't wait to play with him on the new playground.

"He's very very smart and he's been fighting for like a year now," said Autumn Arvizo, Austin's sister. "Please pray for him every night."

Austin's family also says he loves to cook. Lately, however, it's been hard for Austin to get out the pots and pans. Just last week doctors told the family that Austin's cancer is back. The family has set up a tragedy fund in Austin Arvizo's name at all Southside Bank locations.

Molly Reuter, reporting.

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