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11/2/07-Big Sandy

East Texas Boy's Wish Granted

He's got a smile that truly lights up a room.  Friday, an East Texas school says goodbye to one special little boy who is heading on a Disney Cruise.  It's his dream vacation, a wish that has now come true, thanks to the Make A Wish Foundation. 

He wasn't suppose to live past a year.  Michael Bailey, 6 of Big Sandy has Trisomy 13.  It's a genetic disorder, where he was born with an extra chromosome.

"It hasn't affected him, mostly it affected his heart," said Michael's mother Brandy Bailey.  "He had open heart surgery when he was just four months old."  Doctors told Michael's parents he would not live a normal life, but at age six, Michael proved his doctors wrong and showed his family that miracles really do happen.

"He has a heart of gold," said Bailey.  Friday morning, Michael's school and the Make A Wish Foundation threw Michael a Bon Voyage Party, saying farewell to Michael he and his parents leave on a Disney Cruise.

"He wanted to go meet Mickey Mouse, and he can't ride rides because of his heart condition, so Disney Land was out of the question," said Bailey.  It's Michael's generosity and loving spirit that touches almost everyone he meets.  Especially, his wish granter.

"He's just a neat little boy, and he deserve this trip," said Michael's wish granter Traci Dionisio.  "It's just so sweet to see a little boy get his wish and know that dreams come true."  What Michael may not realize is, to those that know him, Michael's the dream come true.

Michael and his parent's leave for their cruise on Sunday.

Molly Reuter, Reporting. mreuter@kltv.com


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