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Posted by: Mickey on Aug. 12, 2001 5:21 am/pm

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Dream comes true for 4-year-old girl
There are two things 4-year old Asia Wells of Jackson loves: plain hamburgers and Minnie Mouse.

Sometimes dreams do come true -- hamburgers yesterday and Minnie Mouse tomorrow for Asia, thanks to Make-A-Wish Foundation of Jackson.

In a send-off party Thursday at McDonald's in Byram, the plain hamburgers that Asia enjoys so much kicked off the all-expenses-paid trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., that she and her family will take Saturday.

Co-sponsored by the Junior Civic League of Clinton, Asia nods her head saying she is ready for Disney World.

"I want to see Minnie and Goofy," she said.

Mother Debbie Wells, who said Asia has a hole in her heart and has survived five surgeries, is overwhelmed by community support.

"It's terrific how people can pull together to do something for children," said the mother of four. "It just feels like this is a God-sent blessing.

"If God didn't bless my family anymore, my husband Dwayne and I are still blessed because we have Asia here with us."

An organization that grants wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses, Asia's wish marks the 90th wish for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Last year, 71 wishes were granted.

"It is a thrill to grant these wishes throughout Mississippi," said Janice Baddley, president and CEO of the foundation. "This is a milestone for us."

Madelyn Lofton of the civic league said they were glad to be a part of Asia's wish.

"This was our first time working with Make-A-Wish, and it's a great thing to bring joy to a child's life in a time that it's needed the most," she said. "Anything we can do to make a child happy is a blessing to us as well."

In donating Ŭ,000 to Asia's wish, Lofton said she challenges other civic organizations to join in by making a child's wish come true.

"It's why we're placed on this earth ... to be here for our fellow man," she said. "And that's what we're doing, because we want to help out in the community wherever needed."

Debbie Wells said going to Disney World is a "much-needed" trip.

"The past few months have been hectic for us, because Asia had her fifth surgery in January," she said. "Oh man, this is wonderful. Asia said she wants Minnie Mouse -- well, she calls her 'girl mouse' -- to hold her."

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A story by Roishina Clay, printed in the < Clarion-Ledger >, reprinted by permission.


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