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Make-A-Wish Gala has special surprise for local girl

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A special night for one local teenager as she gets the surprise of a lifetime. Time Warner Cable News Reporter Barry Wygel was at the Make-A-Wish gala in Saratoga Springs where it all happened.

SARATOGA, N.Y. -- The annual Make-A-Wish gala is always a special event, but this year, it became a night no one in attendance will ever forget.

"I got in and they told us to wait and I was seeing other people go in and I was like what's going on here," said Cheyenne Bishop.

"Cheyenne, whose wish is to go to London this summer, we are going to announce to her tonight that she is actually going to go," said William Trigg III, CEO of Make-A-Wish Northeast New York.

Cheyenne, a victim, of the 1999 E Coli outbreak at the Washington County Fair, has lived the past 15 years in a state of worry.

"Looking at Cheyenne and the way she is, she seems fine. But it is just constant worry. Eventually it is going to lead to the kidney failure, and then we don't know what is going to happen at that point," said Kimberly Bishop, Cheyenne's mother.

For the avid history buff obsessed with British culture, when she was asked by Make-A-Wish what her dream would be, it was a no-brainier.

"I just want to go there and see the city and experience the sights," said Cheyenne.

Sitting at the gala, Cheyenne and her family know that after her trip to England their journey for Make-A-Wish will be far from complete.

"We will be apart of the Make-A-Wish family. Cheyenne will give back and we will give back," said Kimberly.

But for tonight, Cheyenne can keep the spotlight all to herself.

"Very hard, but it was worth it to make my sister happy," said Mason Bishop, Cheyenne's sister, when asked if it was hard to keep the secret.

Make-A-Wish hopes to raise $200,000 from tonight's event. That money will go to grant more wishes to children in our community.

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