Make-A-Wish grants trip to Italy for Valley teen

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Hailey Miller was granted her wish to go to Italy by Make-A-Wish Arizona (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Hailey Miller was granted her wish to go to Italy by Make-A-Wish Arizona (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
Hailey Miller has cystic fibrosis (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Hailey Miller has cystic fibrosis (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
Make-A-Wish Arizona unveiled the details of the trip to Hailey on Monday (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Make-A-Wish Arizona unveiled the details of the trip to Hailey on Monday (Source: KPHO/KTVK)

Fourteen-year-old Hailey Miller loves Italian food. 

"Pizza and pasta. I love pasta. I could live off pasta," said Hailey.

But Hailey's love of pasta was taken away two years ago due to complications with her cystic fibrosis.

"It's a lung disease that creates mucus in my lungs that gets real thick so when I get really bad it makes it hard for me to breathe" said Hailey.

The disorder also attacks her digestive tract, making it a day to day struggle on what she can and can't eat.

But doctors have her diet under control now.

"It was 6,000 calories but then my doctor changed it to a more appropriate number which is 4,000," said Hailey.

When Make-A-Wish Arizona approached her about what she might want for a wish, she was thinking with her stomach.

"She's actually wishing to eat her way through Italy," said Torrie Yerkovich of Make-A-Wish Arizona.

Hailey wants to try all that authentic Italian cuisine and Make-A-Wish Arizona surprised her with details of her wish at a special dinner at Maggiano's.

"She'll be going to Rome, going to Pompeii and Venice to experience the culture and the scene and the food," said Yerkovich.

Hailey is beyond grateful.

"Thank you, this is amazing. I never thought this would happen in my life," said Hailey.

"Make-A-Wish is incredible, more than I could ever ever (have) dreamed. Just thank you," said Nancy Northrop, Hailey's grandmother.

"I got a whole new wardrobe cause I gotta look fabulous in Italy," said Hailey.

Hailey has a message for other kids dealing with cystic fibrosis.

"To not give up and sometimes it might be really hard but you've just gotta push through it," said Hailey.

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