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Hometown Hernando for Oct. 20

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Boy gets trip to HobbyTown USA

Corey Parker's favorite hobby is building and racing remote-controlled cars with his dad, Eric Parker.

Corey, 17, of Spring Hill, was diagnosed with leukemia in May. As many of his friends were settling into a new school year, he was undergoing treatment at All Children's Hospital. His hobby has become an even greater joy, as it helps him pass the long hours away from school and friends.

When asked by Sara Williams, his dream coordinator at the Children's Dream Fund, what his dream would be, he said he would like to shop at his favorite store, HobbyTown USA in Tampa, for remote-controlled products and accessories.

His dream came true on Sept. 26, when he and his parents, Eric and Brandie Parker, arrived by limousine at the store for a special shopping trip through the fund's Share the Dream program.

The adventure began with cake and gifts as part of his Celebration of Life party given by the Children's Dream Fund. After shopping, Corey relished in all the items he had accumulated, including the Vorza Flux, the latest remote-controlled car, and the Aalypso RC plane. Lunch at Cory's favorite restaurant, Red Lobster, followed.

Touchingly, it was the family of another dream recipient, Alex Actis, that sponsored Corey's dream. The Children's Dream Fund is a nonprofit organization that has been making dreams come true for children with life-threatening illnesses since 1981. For information, call Sara Williams at (727) 510-6528.

Hometown Hernando for Oct. 20 10/17/13 [Last modified: Thursday, October 17, 2013 6:31pm]
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