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30 little princesses crowned at Make-A-Wish tea party


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MURRAY — Thirty little girls with dreams of being a princess had those dreams come true Wednesday. They made a wish, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation brought it to life.

The girls were honored at the Princess Tea Party, put on at the A Wishing Place building in Murray. Representatives from the Distinguished Young Women of Utah program pitched in to help out.

Each of the Distinguished Young Women was chosen to be a part of the program for their excellence in academics, athletics and their drive to volunteer and serve.

"To come where all these little girls are anticipating our arrival, I feel like it's a responsibility we are so lucky to have," said Sarah Oldham, one of the Distinguished Young Women representatives.

A trumpet sounded the little princesses' arrival as, one by one, their names were announced.

"I know this means the world to them," said Terri Dashner, who organized the event.

For at least a day, the beautiful little girls were able to forget the struggles and pains they fight every day. "They play with her and laugh, and they get to forget that they are sick," said Kimberly Farley, mother of one of the girls.

Each Distinguished Young Woman took a little hand in hers and helped the girl feel just how special and unique she is.

"As a mom, I can't describe how much that means," Farley said.

The little princesses were also given the tools every royal needs: a crown, jewels and a magic wand.

"When your children are in jeopardy, it gets really scary; and it's nice to have a place to come and just forget and just be normal," Farley said.

The tea party created just that — a "normal" where little girls get to be little girls. They twirled, talked and took their time to get to one another.

"They just need someone to love them, so we get the chance to show them that we love them and make them feel like they are princesses," Oldham said.

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Nadine Wimmer

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