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Handicapped Boy Gets Wish Granted

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AMERICUS, GA (WTVM) - A nine-year-old Americus boy had his dreams come true Tuesday at a local store. The "Kids Wish Network" teamed up with Wal-Mart to grant one wish to a child living with a debilitating disease.

If given the chance to make a wish, most kids would want to go flying, take a trip to Disney World or meet the Jonas Brothers, but nine year old, Juan chose to go on a shopping spree at Wal-Mart.

Americus Wal-Mart Community Service Director, Aletha Cook told News Leader Nine, "We are making a young man's wish come true. His wish was a shopping spree at Wal-Mart and we wanted to make it special."

9-year-old Juan Holt was diagnosed with one of the most progressive forms of muscular dystrophy at the age of two and Tuesday The Kids Wish Network chose to make his dream come true.

Juan's mother, Katy Holt explained, "They gave him a paper with things he could pick and he picked a shopping spree. When they asked what store, he said Wal-Mart."

"We got together with everyone in the community and we pulled together to make it a special day," added Cook.

His favorite store pulled out all the stops to give Juan the ultimate shopping experience.

"It made Juan very excited. He's excited about today. I hope he has an awesome day. He rode in a Hummer. Today is a wonderful day for Juan," said Juan's mom.

Dr. Valerie Roberts is the Principal of Sumter County Elementary School, the school Juan attends. He told News Leader Nine, "He is a wonderful student, a beautiful personality, very well-behaved and a joy to have in our school. His family is blessed to have this gift given to him."

So what does a nine-year-old buy with a $1,000 in a store full of toys? Juan had one toy in mind, "Games, car games."

His mom added, "The only thing we discussed was the Nintendo DS. The rest he didn't know yet. He'll figure it out when he goes by it."

Juan and everyone involved left to store with big smiles on their faces.

"Anytime you see someone happy or make someone happy, it makes you happy," Cook exclaimed.            

Not only did Juan get his wish granted but now he has a loot of new toys to play with.

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