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Unicorn wish comes true

Candice Crume, 4, of Belleville, gets a close-up look at a “unicorn” of many colors during her Make-A-Wish trip to Disney World.
Candice Crume, 4, of Belleville, gets a close-up look at a “unicorn” of many colors during her Make-A-Wish trip to Disney World. Provided

Candice Crume is pretty good at wishes. “My wish is to ride a pink and purple unicorn that could take me anywhere I want to go, and I want to go to Disney World.”

The 4-year-old daughter of Brian and Angelita Crume, of Belleville, was diagnosed with B-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in May 2013. The form of cancer starts in the bone marrow, attacks the blood and can spread. But that doesn’t stop her from being a “a tomboy but also a girlie girl” with a healthy imagination. Candice likes music, particularly drums, guitar and tambourine. When she isn’t rooting on the Nebraska Cornhuskers with her dad, you can catch her singing along to Katy Perry.

Candice was referred to Make-A-Wish Illinois shortly after her diagnosis. Make-A-Wish would send Candice, her mom, dad and sister Brianna, 13, to Disney World, all right. But a unicorn? That’s a tough one.

While staying at the Give Kids the World Village during her Disney visit, Candice was surprised with her very own fairy godmother, a horse-drawn carriage and a pink and purple unicorn (a horse of a different color from Misty Blue Acres).

“She was so excited,” Angelita said, while Candice was being treated at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center in St. Louis. “She just told a therapist that her favorite part of the trip was her pink and purple unicorn.

“She also loved the special meet-and-greet with Queen Elsa (from the Disney movie “Frozen”). She kept saying, ‘She’s so beautiful’ and ‘I can’t believe she’s real.’ We got to sit and talk with her for about 40 minutes.”

Candice’s two other sisters, Victoria, 19, and Kasia, 20, and brother Codie, 23, also made the trip to Disney World.

Angelita said the trip really lifted Candice’s spirits - and meant the world to the whole family.

“The look in her eyes was just precious.

“It was the first time we had the whole family together, “ Angelita said. “Two of the kids are from Nebraska and one from Virginia. Candice was so happy to have them all there. My Christmas present was a photograph of all of us together.”

Make-A-Wish Illinois grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Since being founded locally in 1985, it has funded more than 12,000 wishes through donations. For information, call 800-978-9474 or visit illinois.wish.org

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