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Fulton girl swims with dolphins, lives dream

Fulton girl swims with dolphins, lives dream

September 19th, 2012 in News

Sidney Nelson, 11, lives her dream as she swims with Yoko the Dolphin at Discovery Cove in Orlando, Fla. The Fulton girl - who uses a wheelchair after an ATV accident last year - got to visit Discovery Cove and Disney World through Dream Factory, Inc., a wish-granting organization for children with critical or chronical illnesses or disabilities.

"A dream is a wish your heart makes."

Many know those lyrics from the 1950 Disney film "Cinderella," but they rang true last week for Sidney Nelson, an 11-year-old Fulton girl who lived her dream of visiting Disney World and swimming with dolphins.

Nelson, who uses a wheelchair following an all-terrain vehicle accident last year, made the trip through the Mexico charter of Dream Factory, Inc., a group dedicated to granting wishes of children 3 through 18 who are "critically or chronically ill."

Nelson's name was entered to the organization, which then contacted her to make a dream come true. She ultimately decided she wanted to take a swim with dolphins after she saw the film "Dolphin Tale."

Dream Factory flew Nelson, her brother, Levi, and her parents, Laura and Willie, to Orlando for a six-day all expenses paid vacation to Disney World and nearby Discovery Cove, where she and her brother got to swim with dolphins, sting rays and other aquatic animals.