A three-year-old Petal girl and her family will soon be on their way to Disney Theme Parks, Sea World and Universal Studios as part of a special trip of a lifetime, sponsored by the Make-A-Wish Foundation and USM's Chi Omega Sorority.
Emily Leblanc and her family will make their journey in December but Tuesday, they were the guests of honor during a wish reveal and send-off party at the Chi Omega House on the Southern Miss campus.
Emily has been battling a life-threatening form of eye cancer.
"For her to be given this opportunity and to allow the family to join in, it is a blessing and it is a dream come true," said Christina Leblanc, Emily's mother.
"This is a break, not only for Emily, but her entire family away from the worries of having to go to the doctor and everything that comes along with that," said Charley Powell, Make-A-Wish laison for Chi Omega Sorority.
"(Emily) can ride rides and meet princesses and just have a wonderful time and they can all forget about her illness for a little bit and focus on being a family and a kid," said Shellie Moses, regional director for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Mississippi.
The funds to send Emily on her trip were raised during the sorority's annual Songfest. This year's Songfest will be held Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m. at Reed Green Coliseum.
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