Make-A-Wish Recipient: Leslie Duarte

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From their release:

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Los Angeles has announced its partnership with Timi & Leslie to fulfill wish child Leslie Duarte’s dream to visit Honolulu, HI, where she will be given the unique opportunity to visit Sea Life Park and interact with exotic sea life and animals such as dolphins, sea lions, sea turtles and stingrays. Leslie’s wish will be one of the hundreds of wishes granted to children with life threatening medical conditions throughout November and December as part of A Season of Wishes.

In addition, today the Foundation arranged for Leslie, along with her mother and younger sister, to enjoy a wish celebration at the “Shark Lagoon” section of the Long Beach Aquarium, where she was given the chance to interact with sharks and stingrays, a taste of what’s to come. Leslie was also presented with new luggage for her trip to Hawaii.

Leslie suffers from rhabdomyosarcoma, a fast-growing highly-malignant tumor. Despite the challenges she faces having a life-threatening condition, Leslie maintains a positive attitude and enjoys spending much of her time at the beach and playing sports.