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a of in to A in two-thirds 9-year-old the his J " ' I - . M I II MMIMMM Sisters Tamlka and Dominique Brooks plan their trip to Florida with the mother, Deborah, during lunch at the Elias Brothers restaurant recently. With them are Make A Wish coordinator Marcla Snover, left, and their grandmother Marilyn Nichols. The Make A Wish Foundation helps children facing life-threatening life-threatening life-threatening diseases. Tamika and Dominique have cystic fibrosis. Sisieirs head for Disney World By ROBERTA STEVENSON Times Herald Dominique Brooks and her sister, sister, Tamika, are as excited as any children about their trip this weekend to Walt Disney World. For the past six weeks, the Port Huron girls have been dreaming dreaming of frolicking in the Florida sun with Mickey and Goofy. They also have been preparing themselves physically, getting the intravenous treatments necessary to make their bodies strong enough to handle the trip. Dominique, 8, and Tamika, 11, have life-threatening life-threatening life-threatening cystic fibrosis. fibrosis. Their trip is sponsored by the Make-A-Wish Make-A-Wish Make-A-Wish Make-A-Wish Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan, Michigan, which grants wishes for children children ages 2V2 to 17 who have an illness that may prevent them from reaching their 18th birthday. Dominique's dream is to visit Disney World. Tamika wants to ride the Big Red Boat at Disney Make-A-Wish Make-A-Wish Make-A-Wish Make-A-Wish Make-A-Wish Foundation grants dream vacation to 2 ailing girls World, a separate wish that is being scheduled, said Marcia Snover, a Make-A-Wish Make-A-Wish Make-A-Wish Make-A-Wish Make-A-Wish volunteer from Clinton Township who is handling the sisters' case. Tamika's original wish to meet actor Jean-Claude Jean-Claude Jean-Claude Van Damme also is being worked on, Mrs. Snover said. Dominique's dream begins Friday Friday morning when a limousine, donated by Metro Limousine Service, Service, arrives at the family's Port Huron home to transport them to Detroit Metro Airport. The girls' parents, Deborah and Ervin Brooks, will accompany them on the weeklong trip. The family will stay in the Make-A-Wish Make-A-Wish Make-A-Wish Make-A-Wish Make-A-Wish sponsored Kid's Village Village at Disney World during their stay. The Village is specially equipped and staffed to care for children with serious illnesses, Mrs. Snover said. At the park, they will receive royal treatment. "There's no waiting waiting in lines, like other people," Mrs. Snover said. "They go right on the rides." Dominique and Tamika have battled cystic fibrosis almost since birth. Tamika was diagnosed when she was 3 months old, Dominique when she was just 2 weeks old, their mother said. The girls attend Kimball Elementary Elementary School, where Tamika is in the fifth grade and Dominique is in third grade. Lately, they have been hospital By TONY PITTS. Times Herald ized a great deal, Mrs. Brooks said. "They've been in and out of the hospital almost every other week," she said. But they haven't let it dampen their enthusiasm. They have been excited about their trip ever since learning about it six weeks ago. "I was excited, too," their mother said. Dominique and Tamika are the second and third Port Huron area children to have their wishes granted by the Make-A-Wish Make-A-Wish Make-A-Wish Make-A-Wish Make-A-Wish Foundation, Foundation, a volunteer organization started in 1984. Make-A-Wish Make-A-Wish Make-A-Wish Make-A-Wish Make-A-Wish requires recommendations recommendations from a doctor or other health care professional. A volunteer volunteer then researches the request and makes a final recommendation recommendation to the foundation board. The Brooks sisters were recommended recommended by the staff at the University University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor. By he

Clipped from The Times Herald07 Apr 1994, ThuPage 3

The Times Herald (Port Huron, Michigan)07 Apr 1994, ThuPage 3
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