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cheap eyeglasses Watch a second-grader with a rare genetic disorder learn she's going to Walt Disney World Montevallo Elementary School second-graders including Cheyenne Posey, 8, gather in the lunchroom on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, for a surprise announcement that she will be going to Disney World this summer. The Magic Moments organization presented the trip to Cheyenne, who has a rare genetic disorder. (Martin J. Reed / firstname.lastname@example.org) -- Moments before Mickey Mouse took the stage at MontevalloElementary this afternoon, second-grader Cheyenne Posey sat with her face inher hands.
One by one her parents and others came on stage eachholding a sign with one word: "You're ... going ... to ... Disney ... Cheyenne." Withthe last word displayed, Cheyenne threw her hands in the air and cheered.
Cheyenne, who suffers from a rare genetic disorder calledglutaric acidemia type I that prevents her body from processing some protein, received the trip with her family from the Birmingham-based MagicMoments organization that grants wishes to severely sick children in Alabama.
"That's the ultimate goal of Magic Moments is to be thelight at the end of the tunnel" for children who have suffered alife-threatening illness or chronic life-threatening disease, said KaitlinBitz, statewide coordinator for Magic Moments. "It gives them a chance to be akid again."
Magic Moments granted the wish requested by Cheyenne'sparents to take the 8-year-old to Walt Disney World, where she and her familywill visit July 28 through Aug. 3.
"I think it's going to be an amazing experience for her,"said Cheyenne's mom, Lacy Shannon of Hoover.
"We talk to her a lot about being appreciative of thethings she gets," Shannon said. "This is kind of a way to say thank you to herfor being brave and to celebrate everything she's been through and what she'spersevered through."
Cheyenne's dad, Shannon Posey, said his daughter sincebirth has had the disorder. "She's limited in the foods she can consume," whichmeans less than 26 grams of protein daily, he said.
She has low muscle tone and cannot play certain sportsand be active the same way as other children. "She tires more easily than otherkids," Posey said.
Magic Moments arranged to surprise Cheyenne and her11-year-old brother, Cody, with the presentation involving Mickey Mouse at theschool today. Second-graders gathered in the lunchroom and awaited theannouncement with Cheyenne and Cody.
"It meant the world to us just to be recognized," Poseysaid after the presentation.
Representing the Magic Moments organization were RandallPosey and his daughter Megan, who are unrelated to Cheyenne and her family. "It's an amazing opportunity to be involved insomething like this," Megan Posey said. "To bring other people happiness isjust wonderful and amazing."
A wide smile remained on Cheyenne's face during thesurprise announcement. "I thought it was amazing," said Cheyenne, wearing ared-and-white striped shirt with a picture of Mickey on it along with a redskirt with white polka dots reminiscent of Minnie Mouse.
Grabbing helium-filled balloons on a string beforeleaving the lunchroom, she waved and said, "Thank you, Mickey."
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