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Laredo Child Returns Home After Make-A-Wish Trip

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Laredo resident Jayra and her family recently came back from a dream vacation to Orlando to visit Walt Disney World. Jayra’s trip was made possible by the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which the family connected to via a liver transplant coordinator.

The little girl’s magical journey included meeting all of her favorite princesses at the theme park, and it continued on all the way through her arrival in the San Antonio Airport with a greeting full of Disney spirit. A row of volunteers held a big banner welcoming her home and gifted the brave girl with a stuffed doggy and good cheer. KSAT reported that Jayra was wearing a shirt with her favorite characters from Frozen while grinning ear-to-ear.

According to their website, Make-A-Wish grants a wish every 35 minutes to a child, and in “2015, Make-A-Wish granted more than 14,800 wishes, the most ever in its more than 35-year history.” Eligible children are between the ages of 2.5 and 18 and have a life-threatening illness. Jayra’s wish of traveling is a common one, about 75 percent of children ask for the ability to travel. Disney is a major part of helping their dreams come true by being involved in about half of Make-A-Wish’s grants.