Slocomb 6-year-old gets wish to go to Disneyland

(WTVY News 4)
Published: Jun. 26, 2019 at 2:17 PM CDT
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For plenty of kids, Disneyland is truly the most magical place on earth.

After battling neuroblastoma for 16 months, make a wish gave a Slocomb 6-year-old a chance to see it for herself.

Like most 6-year-olds, Paisley Corbitt just finished up kindergarten and her t-ball season.

She and her family are having a typical summer, something they certainly didn't have the past few years.

"She was diagnosed January 2017 with stage four high-risk neuroblastoma," said Paisley’s Mom Tyisha Corbitt.

Neuroblastoma is a form of cancer that almost always affects children. It develops from nerve cells in the fetus called neuroblasts.

Paisley was in treatment for the next 16 months, including 180 days inpatient at Children's of Alabama.

She went through five rounds of chemotherapy, re-section surgery to take the tumor out and back to back stem cell transplants.

Her doctors filed paperwork with Make-A-Wish when Paisley was diagnosed.

"We got a letter saying that what she went through was approved for a wish,” said Corbitt. “We had some volunteers that were great, and they worked really closely with her throughout her whole treatment."

Paisley's wish... To go to Disneyland.

"It was something for her to look forward to, to get through the treatment itself,” said Corbitt.

So in July of 2018, shortly after Paisley finished her treatment, Make-A-Wish put her and her family on a plane to Southern California.

After how tough the 16 months of treatment was on the family, Paisley's wish coming true couldn't have come at a better time.

"It was something that she talked about and we talked about what we were going to do there during her treatment, so we'd just like to thank Make-A-Wish for it,” said Corbitt.

The Corbitts will spend the rest of the summer traveling with Paisley's brother Brady's baseball team and are planning a trip to Disney World once the new Star Wars themed park opens.

Paisley is in remission and taking DFMO, a trial drug designed to keep neuroblastoma from relapsing.

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