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Eight-year-old Zoe Hamblin was born with a rare genetic disorder. When she was just five days old, she suffered a massive stroke. 

"Along with the blood clot in her brain, she also had inner cranial hemorrhaging, so she had an extensive amount of brain damage," says Zoe's mother Cindi.

Cindi says Zoe needed to have brain surgery to relieve pressure in her brain. The survival rate for the surgery was five percent, without it -- zero percent.

Zoe had the surgery and survived.

But her struggles are not over. "She will forever be plagued with constant and additional strokes. She just had another one in December," says Cindi.

Zoe's family fears her next stroke may be her last, so they cherish each moment. 

Zoe's 11-year-old sister Brooke explains how her sister has impacted her life.

"She is the reason why I want to be a therapist," Brooke says. "I just really want to help kids like her. And volunteer work, she is the reason why I do that too. I just love helping out with her, so she gave me all that in life, and I love her so much."

Brooke has missed out on a lot of her childhood because of her sister's condition. So, when Make-a-Wish offered Zoe a wish in 2011, the family decided to make a wish on behalf of Brooke, since Zoe is unable to make a decision.

"Instead of being able to go outside and play with her friends, she has to leave her friends and come to therapy with us," says Cindi. "She gives up a lot, so part of becoming a normal family and part of the Make-a-Wish celebration is to celebrate the whole family."  

Zoe's father says the trip was a dream come true. 

"It was nice to get a break for the whole family," says Patrick Hamblin. "People with children who have medical issues know its an ongoing day-in, day-out grind, and the trip with Make-a-Wish gave us some time to relax and just focus on us as a family."

The Hamblin's hope their story will help inspire you to give to Make-a-Wish's frequent flyer miles donation campaign.

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