DENVER (KDVR) – A 5-year-old Colorado girl with an inoperable brain tumor goes to Disney World with the help of her community.
Kristin Stegmueller said they first noticed something was wrong with their daughter, Mary, more than two years ago.
She developed a fever and her eyes crossed. They were checking to see if the fever wouldn’t make them cross and they never got better, ”said Stegmueller.
Mary was eventually diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. She underwent a series of treatment trials at Stanford Children’s Hospital in California, and her family said the tumor decreased by 10%.
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“We hope this will be a miracle,” said Stegmueller.
With the help of their community, Mary’s wish to go to Disney World is now coming true.
“Everyone calls me fairy mother, but I’m actually a real estate agent,” said Brittnie Kreutzer.
Kreutzer is part of a network of brokers called Agent of Excellence, with members across the country and in Canada. She said they could raise enough money to send the whole family to Disney World in a matter of hours.
“Many of our members were able to organize things like VIP tours of Magic Kingdom, dinner at Cinderella’s table. We have been able to do a lot for them, especially at Disney World, ”says Kreutzer.
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Kreutzer organized an elaborate surprise on Saturday to let Mary know that she is going to Disney World. A horse-drawn carriage pulled up outside their Northglenn home while Cinderella delivered the good news.
“A bit unexpected, but it’s amazing. Just to see how people have come to support and help, and even people we’ve never met, people who aren’t even in this state. It’s just great, ”said Stegmueller.
Mary will have her own custom dress to wear to Disney World, thanks to the help of seamstress Corrine Kurtz.
‘It is so special. My son was diagnosed with a brain tumor in September, so I know it’s important to her and her family. When I was sewing it, I had her in mind all the time, ”said Kurtz.
The dress is inspired by one of Mary’s drawings, which has also been used as a T-shirt design to raise money for medical expenses.
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