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8-year-old girl denied rides at fair because of rare disorder

Alissa Warren can run. She can walk, do handstands and even dive into the swimming pool. Alissa Warren can run. She can walk, do handstands and even dive into the swimming pool.
A fair representative told the Warren family Alissa could not ride any of the kid rides, not even with her parents. A fair representative told the Warren family Alissa could not ride any of the kid rides, not even with her parents.

(WMC-TV) - A weekend trip to the county fair to celebrate a little girl overcoming many obstacles turned into a hurtful experience for the entire family.

Alissa Warren can run. She can walk, do handstands and even dive into the swimming pool.

Also, the 8-year-old has a mind of her own.

"I can do what everybody else can, and I can do what some people can't do," she said.

Alissa has battled Caudal Regression syndrome all of her life. The disorder affects her kidneys, internal organs and her legs.

Her parents decided to treat her to fun at the Dyer County Fair last Saturday. A fair representative told the Warren family Alissa could not ride any of the kid rides, not even with her parents.

"He basically looked at Alissa and he said, 'No, she cannot ride.' And I said, 'She's ridden rides at fairs and she's ridden rides at Disney World before.' And he said, 'We're not Disney World ," shared Alissa's mother, Dianne.

Then the man asked in front of the crowd what was wrong with Alissa.

"Alissa and I were crying. She was devastated," said Dianne. "We tell Alissa she can do anything she wants to ... [She] may not be able to do it like me, but she can find a way to do anything she wants."

Alissa made a very brave decision after the incident.

"I was just gonna forget it, because I didn't want to think of that any more," she said.

Dianne received an email from a representative with Myers International Midways. The message said:

"I am very sorry to hear that you had an issue with the rides at our fair. However, the rides are mechanical machines and always our utmost concern is the safety of our patrons."

Action News 5 has yet to hear back from the Dyer County Fair Board. Diane said toddlers who could not walk were allowed on rides with their parents.

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