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Sunshine Foundation Grants Morgantown Girl's Wish

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For any parent, raising a child with a disability can be a grueling task that can be financially and mentally draining.

The Sunshine Foundation, the original wish-granting group, helps relieve those stresses by sending families on dream vacations across the country.

"She was perfectly, I guess you would say, a normal baby," said Brandy Mullen, mother of Suzanne Corley. "Until she was about eight months old, she used to hold her bottle, sit. Then one morning, we woke up and she couldn't do it anymore."

The foundation was in Morgantown Tuesday, making one little girl's day. Suzanne, 8, found out she is going to Disney World.

"She loves the princesses," said Mullen. "She loves Minnie Mouse, Minnie Mouse is her favorite. She likes meeting Minnie, and seeing her. She loves the Little Mermaid, so I think she'll love seeing the whole part of Disney World."

Suzanne was born with Rett Syndrome, a disorder her mother said comes from missing an "X" Chromosome. It affects her motor skills, growth and causes seizures.

"She's normally just happy, she loves people and being around kids, and being outside. She's just a happy person," Mullen said.

Suzanne's wish was granted, thanks to some very giving people and one very successful yard sale.

Each year, Sunshine volunteer Sylvia Sites holds a community yard sale. This year the sale raised $2,000, enough to make Suzanne's wish come true.

"This year, we raised the most money since I've been having the yard sales," said Stiles. "With the economy the way it is, I was really surprised... People see a child that has a terminal illness or a life-long illness and want to help a child have a dream come true."

Learn more about the Sunshine Foundation at its website.