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Alli meets Minnie!

Alli with Mickey and Minnie

When she's not 'riding' her I.V. pole up and down the hallways of Vanderbilt's Children Hospital, you will probably find 3-year-old Alli chattering away with nurses and care givers about meeting Minnie Mouse and hanging out with her favorite princesses during a recent trip to Disney World. 

Last fall Alli, who lives in Columbia, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.  In addition to the daily medications she receives at home, Alli is on maintenance treatment until March of 2012.  Throughout her illness, April says Alli has taken everything in stride. 

"She always has a smile on her face; she never complained or asked to go home, even when she was hospitalized a lot during her first six months of treatment," says April.

In addition to adoring Minnie Mouse and a number of Disney princesses, Alli's other loves include music, singing, dancing and reading.

"Alli loves reading books probably more than anything in the world," says April, noting that Alli's favorites are from the "Llama Llama" series by Anna Dewdney.

When she's not reading one of her favorite books, you might catch Alli belting out her special rendition of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star or singing her favorite song: Jesus Loves Me.

While Alli is at the tender age when she's still learning about the world, her mom admits that Alli is also serving as a teacher.  "She has inspired her father and me more than she will ever know," says April "Alli has taught us so much about life; that God will never leave you or forsake you; to make the most of every day; that family is so important; and nothing is impossible".

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