Make-A-Wish grants dream vacation to Longview girl after cancer battle

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First, Caitlyn Warren kicked cancer’s butt.

“Even though that cancer tried to steal a portion of her childhood, that no matter what, it could never take the joy that god gave her,” said Christina Warren, Caitlyn’s mom.

Then she strutted her stuff at the children’s cancer fund gala, along side Roger Staubach.

Now the Northeast chapter of Make-A-Wish is making her dream, a reality. Tuesday, they surprised her at school.

“Caitlyn, we are so excited to tell you that you and your family will be going to the DisneyResort in Hawaii,” said Jan Stence, Caitlyn’s wish granter.

The trip is something Caitlyn’s mom says she gave up just last week for the opportunity to thank Staubach for helping her raise money at the gala. She could choose to have lunch with him or go to Hawaii.

She chose Staubach.

“All she wanted to do was thank somebody who had given her something,” said Christina. “And by taking away her dream, she really got it all.”

And the Warren family is thrilled the doctor’s have finally cleared Caitlyn to travel. 

“I think that after going through 2 1/2 years and watching her battle something and seeing her in some of the darkest times, to be on this side of the journey and seeing her smile and being joyful over something great,” said Christina. “I think this is what you look forward to.”

And Caitlyn is definitely looking forward to what she calls “huh-wah-we.”

When we asked what her first order of business would be in Hawaii…

“Swim with dolphins,” she exclaimed.

And her hula skills are pretty impressive too, as she showed KETK News.

The trip is certainly a blessing after the battle.

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