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Make-A-Wish Foundation presents Cabot girl with trip to Disneyworld

By Sara Greene
Leader staff writer

===For her Make-A-Wish Foundation application for a trip to Disneyworld, 6-year-old Catie Scott of Cabot drew the teacups ride and all-day lollipops.
=== Catie has rhabdomyosarcoma, a type of cancer affecting muscle cells throughout the body. She was diagnosed when she was 4 years old. Her twin sister Becky attends Kathy Bays' kindergarten class at Northside Elementary, where wish granters Loriann Moen and Jane Fosler presented the Scott family with their trip during an ice-cream party Friday.
=== "When Catie was in the hospital, she told doctors she wanted to go to Disneyworld. They told her it wasn't a good idea. She said, 'I have a good idea. They could ride the rides and I could watch,'" said Catie's mother Jennifer.
=== The class warmly welcomed Catie to the classroom. Her wheelchair adorned with Dora the Explorer was parked among the desks and she sat on the carpet beside her sister.
=== Catie received a booklet created for her by the class entitled "What We Learn in School." Each student in Bays' class wrote a story and submitted a drawing for the book.
=== Kathy Bays presented the girls with orange "Top Dog" t-shirts. The shirts, prized among students, are given out to children that embody the golden rule of personal and academic excellence at Northside.
=== The girls also got a classroom visit by the top dog himself, Nate, principal Becky Finley's golden retriever.
=== After announcing the Scott's trip to Disneyworld to the class, some of the children could barely contain their enthusiasm.
=== "I've been to Florida," said one of Becky's classmates.
=== "We don't live in Florida if we live here," added another.
=== Catie shed her pink knit cap for a pink baseball cap with Princess across the bill and began to tear into a mountain of gifts including those from the class.
=== The class bought Catie a disposable camera, a photo album and an autograph book.
=== "That's so you can take lots of pictures of Mickey and Minnie," Bays told Catie. Catie got a large plush Minnie Mouse doll, socks adorned with jinglebells, a Shrek II and Finding Nemo computer game and the board game "Operation."
=== Some of the other presents were more for Catie's entire family such as a digital camera, photo paper and printer, but Catie did give the digital camera a try, with a little help from her father, Larry.
=== Big sisters Lorin, 12 and Kristin, 9, were on hand helping out and sharing in the excitement and Catie got a visit from Mayor Stumbaugh who presented her with a city of Cabot lapel pin and posed for a photograph with the youngster.
=== The Make-A-Wish Foundation has been granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy since 1980. A network of more than 25,000 volunteers enable the Make-A-Wish Foundation to serve more than 127,000 children worldwide.