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Kennard girl gets dream tree house thanks to Make-A-Wish Foundation

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HOUSTON COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -

An East Texas girl got the gift of a lifetime thanks to her fairy godmother.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation made a stop in Kennard this week to fulfill one special girl's wish. Twelve-year-old Minnie Dyess was overcome with joy after receiving a special gift, her very own tree house.

"I picked a tree house for my wish because I wanted to have something that will last forever,” said Minnie.

Back in May, the foundation reached out to the Dyess Family after learning that Minnie was diagnosed with stage four cancer. At first, Dana Dyess, Minnie's mother, thought Minnie had pneumonia, but a series of test showed something much worse.

"A couple of days later, doctors told us that Minnie had Hodgkin's Lymphoma,” said Dana.

Her mother said the news was so unexpected, because the 12-year-old had always been a healthy child.

"She didn't have the symptoms,” her mother said. “She wasn't tired. She didn't have a fever."

When Dana got the news, all she could think about how she would tell Minnie.

"I told her on the way home and I will never forget that moment,” she said. "When I told Minnie she had cancer she looked at me and said mama am I going to die?"

Dana said through their struggle, family and friends have helped them stay strong. 

"After months of fighting in October, we found out that Minnie was cancer free," Dana said.

Frances Collier works for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Collier said her goal is to help those like Minnie smile again.

"These kids have been through a lot. Granting their wish gives the kids something to smile about,” said Collier.

Minnie's tree house is about two stories tall. It has electricity, a patio and a rope ladder. She said it's not just for her but for her friends and her family.

"It's a place where I will be happy and hopefully my friends too,” Minnie said.

Collier said they are currently working closely with several East Texas families and could use volunteers and donations.

For more information: https://wish.org/local-chapters?keyword=75702

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