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Safyre Terry, 8, whose younger siblings and father were killed three years ago in a fire set by arsonists, has been gifted a trip to Walt Disney World in February, courtesy of a nonprofit that sells cookies to provide cost-free vacations for children with life threatening or terminal illnesses. Safyre’s father died cradling her in his arms, an act which protected the young girl’s lungs from the smoke and allowed her to survive. Since the fire, Safyre has undergone over 50 surgeries including the amputation of her foot in March. “I was so emotional and so happy … to know that, for one week, I will get to forget about the pain and take a vacation with my family,” says Liz Dolder, Safyre’s aunt and legal guardian.
Safyre’s story went viral last week when a supporter of the family shared a photo on facebook of Safyre next to a Christmas Card tree and asked people to help fulfill Safyre’s wish that the card-tree be filled. Safyre’s post-office box has since been flooded with cards, gifts and letters, and the family’s YouCaring fundraiser site, which once had a goal of raising $15,000, has raised more than $350,000 to date.
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