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4-Year-Old With Life-Threatening Disease Goes to Disney World
A 4-year-old Springfield resident who loves all things princess got the chance to make a magical wish that came true. Although she was diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition, it didn't stop the little princess from having her dreams come true.
From the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique to a princess fairytale makeover, 4-year-old Lilliana Marchioro made a wish of a lifetime.
"I got to meet Rapunzel, Aurora, Cinderella, and Ariel," Liliana said.
A trip to Disney World is what every princess deserves, especially after Liliana and her family found out that she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a cancer that attacks blood cells.
"Definitely a nightmare, terrifying, just trying to digest all of the information because there is so much information and they wanted to start her on medication right away," Liliana's mother, Tami Marchioro, said.
After going through dozens of chemotherapy treatments, Liliana began to lose her hair, and started no longer living the life of what a healthy 4-year-old should.
"The main thing with her is that we have to be very careful with germs, so the chemo attacks her immune system and lowers her immune system so we have to worry more about that then most other parents would because it could be life-threatening for her," Tami said.
Although Liliana has a life-threatening condition, this princess and her family got a chance through the Make-A-Wish Foundation for an unforgettable family vacation.
"I think a lot of it for us was just seeing them--the children--just so worry-free, so happy, and just able to be kids after what we went through," Tami said. "There comes a point where you just have to say this was a bad hand we were dealt, but we need to make the best of it, and we need to move on. And it's made us stronger."
Liliana and her family said the trip to Disney World is exactly what the family needed.
Liliana has been in treatment for a little over a year and is currently in the maintenance phase of her treatment. She will be celebrating her 5th birthday in just a few days.