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Little Laney St. Clair flips through her pictures from her trip to the Walt Disney World Resort. 

In 2010, she met her favorite Disney princess Belle from Disney's Beauty and the Beast, all thanks to Make-a-Wish.

A year prior to this trip, Laney was diagnosed with Leukemia.

Laney's Mom Abbe tells 13abc, "She had two years and 2 months of chemotherapy. She had a port placed at the very beginning of her journey so she could have chemotherapy through that, and she had it removed in 2011." 

Laney's Mom says she thought Laney was in the clear until Laney suffered a relapse. "We went through with a bone marrow transplant in June of 2012," she says. "We were in the hospital for a month-and-a-half at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus."

Laney has spent a large portion of her life in and out of hospitals and medical centers.

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"It was exciting," says Abbe. "We weren't sure what to expect. We also weren't sure when we should go on our trip, because she was in the middle of two years of chemotherapy. "

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Abbe tells 13abc,  "It was rewarding to spend that time with our family and not have to worry about much else. Although, as a parent, you are always worried if you are going to have to make a trip to the emergency room down there, but they warned us, our wish granters told us there was a hospital down there, and they are familiar with Make-a-Wish kids. They get them all the time."

Laney had a blast on her trip, and for one week she was no longer a patient but a princess.

Laney checks in with her doctor monthly to make sure her body is responding to the bone marrow transplant. She's also back in school. At the age of 6, this little girl has endured more than most and remembers the pain. But, also in her memory, a sprinkle of magic and the experience that dreams do come to true -- thanks to Make-a-Wish.

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