Disney dreams come true for girl with condition

Posted at 5:37 PM, Dec 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-02 18:37:04-05
The dreams of a 9-year-old girl, suffering from a potentially deadly condition, came true Friday morning. 
She was surprised with an all-access week pass to Disney World and Universal Studios.
Maura McCabe has been through several surgeries as her body has trouble absorbing nutrients from food.
McCabe found out by surprise that she will be treated as a princess at Disney World for a week. 
Cancer survivor Frank Squeo traveled from New York to tell the 9-year-old she's going to Disney World. 
"You're going to wear a special tag that says, 'I am amazing,' on it,” Squeo said to McCabe on her lawn. “They're going to see that tag and they're going to know that you're going to get to go to the front of every line and if there's a princess you like, she's going to come and spend as much time as you want with her." 
Squeo survived stage 3 cancer and now spends his time baking cookies, enough cookies to send 40 kids in four years to Florida amusement parks. 
Surprising kids like Maura, who suffers from Short Bowel Syndrome, can be healing, Squeo said.
"Joy overtakes the family and the child that's ill," Squeo said. 
While they haven't left for Florida yet, McCabe is reeling. 
"I'm just really, really shocked," McCabe said. 
McCabe’s little brother also has a potentially life threatening condition.
Her mom says the positive energy from this experience will make up for a lot of the tough days.
"We've needed this,” said Jordan McCabe. “Things have been really rough for a long time. This is going to be something really encouraging and like medicine for our soul." 
A warm and encouraging moment on a cool fall Omaha day.
"You are a very special little girl,” Squeo said to Maura McCabe. “I can see it in you. Things happen for reasons sometimes. So, you'll appreciate things maybe your friends won't appreciate. I know for me, I got my cancer so I could be on your lawn right now to tell you you're going to so Mickey and Minnie and all the princesses." 
Since the cooking baking charity, Baking Memories 4 Kids, began in 2012, there has not been a single terminally ill child turned away. 
Most of the money that pays for the trips come from donations and cookie sales.