Give a Wish recipient becomes princess for a day

Give a Wish recipient becomes princess for a day
(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)
(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)
(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)
(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)

SULPHUR, LA (KPLC) - Six-year old Layni Lapoint loves princesses, and Sunday she was able to become one along with her twin sister, Lydia.

"They're very close," said parents, Shane and Darla Lapoint. "They have an unbreakable bond."

Layni was born with Pulmonary Stenonis, and had her first open heart surgery at the age of 5 months old. Her disease helped her qualify for a wish through local non-profit organization, Give a Wish, who spent plenty of time putting this all together.

"It took us about six months to get everything done," said director Paula Livingston. "A lot of great volunteers, and a lot of people pulled together to make this."

It all left Layni's parents in disbelief.

"We didn't expect none of this at all," said the couple.

Layni enjoyed her day in an actual castle, where she and her sister rode to their destination in princess fashion - in a horse-drawn carriage.

For Livingston, the best thing about granting these wishes is the joy she brings to children like Layni.

"There's no price you can put on it - those smiles are the perfect reward for us," said Livingston.

For her parents, it's something they'll forever remember and appreciate.

"Give a Wish has helped tremendously with making their dreams come true, and making her feel special," said her dad, Shane Lapoint.

And that's a feeling Layni, and her sister will share together forever.

For more information on Give a Wish, click HERE.

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