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Glendale child with leukemia takes a dream vacation

Naomi Smith, a four-year-old Glendale resident with leukemia, was granted a wish to visit three Florida theme parks by the Kids Wish Network, a national children’s charity.

Naomi was two when she experienced cold-like symptoms that wouldn’t go away. Her pediatrician discovered that Naomi suffered from acute lymphocyctic leukemia, a cancer of the white blood cells.

Frequent blood transfusions followed and during that time, when Naomi began a strict regimen of medications, her twin sister Sophie comforted her the most.

The Kids Wish Network granted the Smith family a trip to Universal Studios, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios.


“We had the best time,” said Naomi’s mother, Brenda Smith. “I think Naomi is going to remember this for a long time. I know she’s young, but this is definitely something I think will stick with her.”