All dolled up in her new princess dress, 4-year-old Natalie Rupprecht sings her favorite song.
Although she can't remember all the Taylor Swift lyrics, the one she gets verse after verse -- 'Everything will be alright.'
And for her parents, this smiley outgoing girl makes them feel like everything will be okay. "The last year had been very difficult for Natalie and us as a family, so when we were told this was going to happen, it was a lot of excitement," said Michael Rupprecht, Natalie's Father.
On July 20th 2012, Natalie was diagnosed with leukemia. Her parents say even after a long day of chemotherapy she would be smiling and asking when she could go play. And they say it was Natalie's love for princesses and the dream of one day going to Disney World, that got her through even the toughest days. "This past year was just crazy for our family, and just knowing that she was going to have something to look forward to, just take her mind off of everything she has gone through this past year, it just makes me so happy," said Lyndsay Rupprecht, Natalie's Mother.
On Sunday afternoon in Manchester, in front of dozens of family and friends, Natalie was given what her parents say is her dream come true. The Make-A-Wish Foundation is sending Natalie and her parents to Disney World for her to meet all her favorite princesses.
"It's supposed to be a way for the child to kind of forget everything that is going on with their illness. It's all about them -- everything -- it's personalized to them and it's supposed to make it that much more special," said the Foundation's Becky Umbach.
The surprise announcement included a Cinderella-themed carriage ride, an all-expenses paid trip to Disney world, and many special gifts a princess deserves. Each year around 40 Vermont children are granted their very own wishes. But Natalie's parents say her courage, loving personality and excitement for life, make her a one-of-a-kind.
A brave little girl given the chance to see the place where all her dreams really do come true.
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