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Make-A-Wish family after trip of a lifetime: 'We are forever grateful'

Cortney Walter's summer of 2016 started with a heartbreaking diagnosis. Doctors discovered the 9-year-old had malignant glioma, a cancer of the brain.

The Walter family went on a trip of a lifetime thanks to Make-A-Wish.

"We are forever grateful for everything, (what) everybody has done for us," Serina Walter said.

Cortney Walter's summer of 2016 started with a heartbreaking diagnosis. Doctors discovered the 9-year-old had malignant glioma, a cancer of the brain.

She had to endure a challenging brain surgery.

"When it was removed, she had a stroke and was completely paralyzed on her left side," Serina said. "We went to Salt Lake City for inpatient therapy where they taught her how to walk again and so now her treatment basically consists of chemotherapy."

Just months later, Make-A-Wish sent Cortney and her family to Disney World. She had the time of her life and even rode a roller coaster for the first time.

"Everyone kept saying 'you're so brave,'" Cortney said.

Her mom agrees.

"She was brave."

Cortney's mom says because of her daughter's condition the trip was bitter sweet. But Make-A-Wish's generosity was incredible.

"They provided a family vacation for people who live paycheck to paycheck and can't generally afford a vacation and so it was wonderful."

The experience has changed her outlook on philanthropic organizations such as Make-A-Wish.

"It made made us realize a lot," Serina said. "Before our situation, it's easy to not need those things or even to donate to those things because you just don't realize how much someone needs it."

The Walter's thank Make-A-Wish and Wishes In Flight for giving them memories to last a lifetime.

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