H-CENTRAL COAST

Mar 28, 2011 12:10 AM by Danielle Lerner

Make-A-Wish Foundation grants wishes for two local children

It was a day full of surprises for two Central Coast children who have already faced, and overcome, more than enough challenges in their short lifetimes.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of the tri-counties is pulling out all the stops to make their dreams come true.

Three-year-old Julian Saba could not get in the door fast enough for his party at Chuck E. Cheese's in Santa Maria Sunday.

"He's a very happy kid, he does everything any other kid would do," said Nisreen Albek, Julian's mom.

However Julian is not like any other kid. He was born with Gastroschisis, a birth defect where the infant's intestines stick out of the body. Over the past three years, Julian has had 10 major surgeries, including a liver transplant.

"Kids like Julian when they go through a lot, they just, it's really stressful for them and for us as a family and I really understand how other families, what they go through," said Albek.

That is where Make-A-Wish steps in. The foundation is sending Julian and his family to the San Diego Zoo and Sea World. Julian's mom says it is the perfect trip for her little animal lover.

"I'm really happy and I really appreciate it, thank you so much," said Albek.

Meanwhile in Arroyo Grande, a pizza party fit for a princess. Six-year-old Ashlynn Bowen was diagnosed with leukemia back in October. On Monday she will head to Disneyland for four days and three nights to meet her favorite fairy, Tinkerbell.

"I think it's awesome, I can't even express it," said Danielle Bowen, Ashlynn's mom.

A day of fun and pure joy, all to make life a little brighter for these children and their families.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation is always looking for volunteers. For more information visit the Newslinks section of ksby.com.

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