Charity grants 7-year-old’s birthday wish

Marisa Hamet, 7, of Flat Rock has had to deal with a lot in her life.

As an infant, she was diagnosed with biliary atresia, a condition in which the bile ducts between the liver and small intestine are absent.

When she was 20 months old, she had a liver transplant. Her body rejected the new liver twice, and she suffered an intestinal bleed.

Marisa had to be given heavy doses of steroids then, and still takes a lot of medication every day.

A national charity, Kids Wish Network, heard about the little girl and her life-threatening illness, and decided to give Marisa a gift for her 7th birthday.

Her family — parents, Frank and Shannon, and older siblings, Camille and Jackson — got to go along for a little “fun in the sun.”

The Hamets — with the help of sponsors including Flat Rock Metals, Pirates Dinner Theater, Flat Rock American Legion Post 337, Flat Rock Rotary Club, Huron Eagles 3732, Southgate Elks, Millar-Stramm Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9363, The Royal Plaza, California Pizza Kitchen, Wonderworks and Compassion Partners — got to spend four days recently in Orlando, Fla.

They stayed at the Royal Plaza hotel, dined in style and had tickets to the Pirates Dinner Theater show.

And, of course, they got to visit Orlando’s theme parks — Disney World, Sea World, Universal Studios and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Marisa met princesses and Mickey Mouse, went on rides galore and got to see fireworks and shows.

“It was the best birthday ever,” she said. “It was awesome. The fireworks at Magic Kingdom were fantastic. I loved to see Tinkerbell fly.”

Her mom also said it was a joyful time for the family.

“We were very busy, but it was a wonderful time,” Shannon said. “She has already written a story about the trip during her writing workshop in school.

“We feel that her wish was really granted. She says it was better than she expected. We are so grateful to the sponsors and Kids Wish Network for making Marisa’s wish come true.

“She felt like a princess, and everyone treated her like she was one. It wasn’t that long ago that Marisa was fighting for her life. This was a wonderful celebration of her health and happiness.”

The News Herald
Flat Rock, Michigan
Published: 03/24/10

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