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Stephanie's wish for Disney is granted

Monday, January 22, 2001

Eleven-year-old Stephanie Rydstrom made a wish upon a star. The Alta sixth grader's wish came true last week when her family took a Disney cruise through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Make-A-Wish Foundation was founded in 1980 and works to grant the wishes of children under the age of 18 who are living with a life-threatening illness.

Two and one half years ago, Stephanie was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). ALL is 85 percent curable and is the most common form of cancer found in kids.

Stephanie had her last chemotherapy treatment in August and every three months for the next five years Stephanie will make a trip to Iowa City for a check-up. If all goes well, Stephanie will celebrate her 16th birthday cancer free.

The Rydstroms were referred to the Make-A-Wish Foundation by a family friend and followed the steps necessary to make Stephanie's wish come true.

"We had a representative come to our house and talk to us about Stephanie's wish," Stephanie's mom, Joyce, said. "Her first wish was to take a Disney cruise and her second was a Hawaiian cruise."

Read the rest of this article in the 1/18 Pilot Tribune.



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