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Maryville teen makes sister's dream come true

12:26 AM, Apr 14, 2013   |    comments
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A Maryville teen surprised her older sister, who's battling leukemia, by making one of her dreams come true.

Claire Hayes, 18, has wanted to visit Paris, France since she was 15 years old, but around that time she was diagnosed with bone cancer.

Jeaneene Hayes, Claire's mother, said, "She went through a year treatment of chemo and she had to have her femur removed and replaced."

Claire won that battle with cancer and once again planned to visit the 'City of Love' with her younger sister, Emma.

"This summer she and I were supposed to have gone to Paris together as sisters for her senior trip. It was the most exciting thing we were both looking forward to doing together and since she can't go, she's not physically up to it and she can't medically go, I decided to bring Paris to her," said Emma Hayes.

Emma, along with the help of friends and relatives, planned a surprise party for Claire with a Paris theme. There were baguettes, croissant, Eiffel Tower figurines and drawings, France flags, and a Paris-themed cake.

Emma Hayes said, "She is perfect. She is my best friend. She's so funny. She's so nice and she's so kind to everyone and I just want to be like her. I love who she is and so many other people love who she is and I just want to be loved like she is."

Claire was not feeling well, but her mother said she could see the excitement in her eyes.

Jeaneene Hayes also said doctors didn't expect Claire to make it past December 2012, but Claire is continuing to defy the odds.

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