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Make-A-Wish granted for CDA teen

Make-A-Wish granted for CDA teen

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Dreams came true Friday for a Coeur d'Alene high school senior with a rare genetic syndrome, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and her entire high school community.

Homecoming week is always one of the highlights of the school year, but this year at Lake City High School, it was extra special for everyone.

High school senior Mikayla Nicodemus loves her school, and they love her right back.

Mikayla suffers from a rare disease called Phelan-McDermid Syndrome.

Mikayla is one of two people in Idaho who have the genetic deletion disorder.

At 18-years-old, Mikayla has seen more health complications than some will see in a lifetime, but you'd never know.

Mikayla's mom Jodi Rhoden explained, "She's amazing. She's happy, she's free, she's pure, she's joy."

And like most kids, she's always wanted to go to Disney World.

The Idaho Make-A-Wish Foundation decided to grant Mikayla's wish. But they wanted it to be extra special, so they reached out to Mikayla's school.

This week was all about Make-A-Wish at Lake City High. Students held a fundraiser for the foundation.

"Their fundraising efforts this week raised over $1,000, and we're just overwhelmed and so thankful for their support," said Jill Marfice with Make-A-Wish Idaho.

At today's homecoming assembly, surrounded by her family and classmates, Mikayla got her wish.

Because Mikayla's syndrome interferes with her cognitive awareness, she cannot fully grasp that her wish has been granted.

But, she knows her community came together all for her.

"To our family, these memories... Priceless" said Jodi.

Now, Mikayla's family wants to help bring those memories to other families.

"As soon as our life calms down a bit, my husband and I both have applications to be wish-granters," Jodi explained.

Come January, Mikayla and her family will head down to Disney World where they'll get the VIP treatment at a nonprofit resort specifically for children with severe illnesses.

For Mikayla this will really, truly, be the happiest place on earth.