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Terminally-ill Beaumont girl has 3 wishes granted at north Edmonton church

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WATCH ABOVE: A live music event at a north Edmonton church has helped make three dreams come true for a young girl who has a terminal illness – May 2, 2018

A live music event at a north Edmonton church has helped make three dreams come true for a young girl who has a terminal illness.

Eight-year-old Janaya Chekowski-McKenzie received a rock star’s welcome as she walked down the red carpet at North Pointe Community Church on Tuesday night.

In February, the Beaumont, Alta. resident was diagnosed with a rare, inoperable brain tumour known as diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG).

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Janaya created a bucket list following the news, and has been working away at it between treatments.

“I just want to see this big happy smile on her face,” said Vashti Hoiting, a friend of Janaya’s mother, who helped organize the event. “I want her to just shine, just be that girl that she is, and just live her dreams.”

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The event aimed to check three items off Janaya’s list: singing on a stage, being in a band and becoming world-famous, according to Trevor Caverly, who is the connections pastor at the church.

“We thought, ‘Man, we could probably do this. We could probably make a little girl’s dreams come true,'” Caverly said. “That’s what tonight’s about — ticking off some bucket lists for her. Letting her maybe forget her worries for a night.

Janaya’s family has set up a GoFundMe page to help with her living costs and possible future treatments. It had raised $32,284 by Tuesday night.

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