May 23, 2012 Edition

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Peyton Tennison (from left) and his brother and sister, Eli and Hannah, will be visiting Disney World with their parents, Bobby and Cassie Tennison, after Make-A-Wish granted Peyton's wish during a party on May 16.

WR boy has wish granted

Gretchen Hunt

A trip to Sonic turned out to be so much more when five-year-old Peyton Tennison of Walnut Ridge learned that he was receiving his wish from the Make-A-Wish organization.

Family, friends and Sonic employees joined in the celebration as Make-A-Wish volunteers told Peyton that he and his brother and sister, Eli, four, and Hannah, two, along with their parents, Bobby and Cassie Tennison, would be making a trip to Disney World in the near future." p> Peyton was born Sept. 7, 2006 with a heart defect.

"He has hypo plastic left heart with double inlet left ventricle and that means he only has two chambers of the heart instead of the normal four," Bobby said.

Following three open-heart surgeries at the ages of four days, four months and almost three years old, Peyton has been "re-plumbed," according to his father, but is still operating with just half a heart.

"He will continue this way forever or until he has a problem; then he will have to have a transplant," Bobby said.

The family will make a five-day trip, including a three-day pass to four different resorts.

"It is amazing to see his face light up when you talk about his wish," Bobby said. "I am very grateful to Make-A-Wish and the people in Northeast Arkansas who give to Make-A-Wish to make it possible for the children in our area to get a wish granted."

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