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Hueytown teen gets Magic Moments' surprise

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A dream will soon come true for a local teenager who wishes to become a zoologist.

Courtney Alvis, 18 from Hueytwon, was diagnosed with Acute T Cell Lymphoma in 2010.

Since then, she's been forced to leave school to undergo intense medical treatments.

Courtney wants to go to college one day to study zoology.

Tuesday afternoon, the local non profit organization "Magic Moments" surprised Courtney with a trip to San Diego to visit both San Diego Zoo and Sea World.

The teen was surprised with the announcement at the Birmingham Zoo.

"It's something to look forward to. It's something that I can get really exited about. It's something that I've never been able to do before, and it definitely makes up I guess for all the times that I've been sitting at home and not been able to go out to the zoo and things like that. So I'm really excited," said Alvis.

The organization "Magic Moments" is dedicated to granting the wishes of chronically ill children across Alabama.

"Like each child we serve, each magic moment is unique and personal to that child. Courtney Alvis has endured so much in her short life and to be able to give her this trip to San Diego complete with hands on experiences at both the Zoo and SeaWorld is exactly what we try to do for all of our Magic Moments children. Because we are a not a national organization and only serve the children of Alabama, Magic Moments is able to get up close and personal with our recipients and families," said Joyce Spielberger, Executive Director of Magic Moments.

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