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Anna Forrest's Story

By Charlie Bartlett - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) – Life for eleven year old Anna Forrest hasn't been easy.  Since she was three, the Westlake girl has dealt with more than most will have to overcome in a lifetime.

"She did receive a bone marrow transplant from her brother eight years ago in November. She has a genetic condition which has caused her to have pulmonary fibrosis and also having problems with her liver," said Dana Forrest.

Anna is currently in a wheelchair and on oxygen twenty-four hours a day.  Despite her illnesses, she's been resilient.

"She's a role model for others. God gave her this and our family. I think he did it for a reason," said Forrest.

"She's really an inspiration to me how strong she is and how she has a wonderful outlook on life," said JoAnn Meaux.

If anyone deserves a break, it's Anna.  That's why the Make-A-Wish Foundation is sending her and her family to Disney World.

"Put them into a week of having fun, experience, and joy. It's just the most wonderful thing," said Meaux.

"I really want to go. I'm really excited," said Anna Forrest.

Anna can't wait to hop on some rides and meet all the Disney characters.

"They paid for everything to let me go," said Forrest.

It's a dream come true for a special little girl.

"Anna is just one my best friends and I'm happy for her," said Chloie.

"It makes me very happy to see that everybody cares for her," said Kaitlyn.

"It fascinates me there is an organization who can be so generous and so giving with no boundaries," said Dana Forrest.

Making a wish and granting a smile, the possibilities are endless for Anna.  Now headed to Disney World.

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