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Wednesday, April 11, 2012 | |  Cardiomyopathy in the News

Ask pre-teen girls what they wish for and you'll get as many different answers as the colors of polish on their toes.

When The Make-A-Wish Foundation asked 11-year-old Khloe Gorman what she wished for, she told them.

Ariel. And dolphins.

For those of us completely out of the kid loop, Ariel is Disney's "The Little Mermaid." And dolphins, who doesn't know about them?

The Make-A-Wish Foundation knew just where to find both for Khloe — in the middle of Florida. For a week in March, Make-A-Wish sent Khloe and her family to Give Kids the World Village near Disney World.

From their villa, Khloe, her mother Whitney and her husband Stephen Patrick, and brothers Skylar, 7, and Drako, 6, were treated to all the rides they could ride and shows they could see.

"The dolphin show was so good," Khloe about Sea World. "They have a story of a girl and she would jump into the pool with the dolphins!"

Khloe was completely enthralled with Ariel, and loved the other characters at Give Kids the World.

"All the princesses were nice," she said.

"The thing I liked best were the fairy gifts. This person brings them out every day. We got cool posters of princesses, Yatze Jr., SpongeBob SquarePants. I got an Angry Bird stuffed animal and a Mickey Mouse the first day I was there," Khloe said.

"It is absolutely extraordinary. It is out of this world," Whitney said of Give Kids the World and Make-A-Wish.

"There is a carousel on site, Disney and Universal characters come every day, Sea World brings animals," Whitney said.

Khloe's family was surrounded with other families and kids with potentially life-threatening illnesses. Accommodations, meals, theme park tickets — it is all free.

"Khloe met several little girls from Canada, Ohio. Now she has friends from all over the place," her mother said.

A dark-haired fourth grader at Downsville High School with a bright smile, Khloe was diagnosed with a heart condition last May. She has Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy; a condition where the heart muscle hardens, making it more difficult for it to pump blood.

"In the research I have done, it is the number one cause of sudden cardiac arrests and heart transplants with children," Whitney explained.

She said Khloe is only limited by no sports or training.

"We're still in the stages of watching it," Whitney said.

Khloe doesn't miss a beat talking about her trip.

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