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Making A Dream Into Reality

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Most big dreams stay just that; a dream.

But an Alcester teen had a dream that she worried was just too big to happen.

Well, her dream came true.

But she had to go through a real tough time along the way.

It's a pretty good way to start out a Monday; an ice cream party in your honor sponsored by Wells Blue Bunny.

Not everyone gets a celebration like this.

But not everyone is Ariyanna Miller. "It was so awesome. it was a totally new experience."

Ariyanna got to do what a lot of 15 year olds don't get to do.

She just came back from Paris.

But the story of how Ariyanna ended up there involves something no 15 year old should have to go throug


res nothing cool about cancer. But the people that you meet from it, are just unbelievable. It's something that takes your breath away every time you think of it." For the last year, Loren and Samantha Miller have been at Ariyanna's side as she has battled Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

Before the diagnosis, Ariyanna has been studying French history in school.

What drove her forward and kept her spirits high was the thought of seeing French history in person.

"Her wish was to see the Eiffel Tower and the sights and sounds of Paris. She got to do just that. Along with her family as well." Paul Krueger with Make-A-Wish South Dakota heard about Ariyanna's dream and wanted to make it happen.

But international travel is tough and expensive.

That's where Blue Bunny comes into the story.

"We granted 100 wishes last year and we're continuing to grant 20 more wishes in 2014." Lesley Bartholomew with Wells Blue Bunny says when the company heard about Ariyanna, they knew they had to do this for her.

And they did; giving a 15 year old girl something good to focus on in the middle of something pretty bad. "I think the family time was important to me. Spending those experiences with my family."

Ariyanna's health is on the upswing and improving.

Wells Blue Bunny is in the midst of a campaign, trying to raise $50,000 for Make-A-Wish.

It's a matching program, if you go to their web site and sign a form, they'll give make a wish $1.


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