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Local girl's wish is made

Rochester, N.Y. Most days for Courtney Tolbert can be tough, her mother says.

She often gets picked on by other children at school.

Wednesday has been much different.

Courtney is in the hospital twice a month on average, as one of only 250 people in the country diagnosed with Jobs Syndrome.

Jobs Syndrome causes all kinds of immune system problems, from near-constant skin rashes to pneumonia.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation gave Courtney a shopping spree, and a real red carpet experience.

When I was asked what my favorite store was, well, we don't really get out, so my mom said, 'go ahead and say Walmart! Courtney said.

Courtney chose Macys, and then she chose something else that surprised everyone.

She chose a new bed, and gifts that she can hand out. She felt the love that children with illnesses are often missing.

She also got to ride on a Henrietta fire truck, thanks to a department eager to show their support.

Courtney is going to hand out the gifts she bought, and show her appreciation to those who have been there for her through her tough times.

My family and some of my friends have really helped me a lot, especially with me being so different. And I just wanted to put a smile on other people's faces, Courtney said.

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Washington Times