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
=== "I've been to Florida," said one of
=== "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.