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9-Year-Old Boy Gets Wish Granted by Make-a-Wish

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One little boy - and movie lover - got his wish granted from the Make-A-Wish Foundation on Sunday with a private movie showing and pizza party at Tinseltown for family and friends. 

When asked what his favorite food is, "Pizza!" is the ready answer from nine-year-old Collin Parks. It's not a surprising answer, but for Collin, that pizza is a rare treat. 

"He has Down Syndrome and that sometimes comes with a gastrointestinal disorder," said mom, Beth Parks. Though pizza and unlimited donuts - another one of Collin's favorites - were the party, those are treats that he's not always allowed to enjoy. 

"It's not usually okay but he loves them," said dad, Jamie Parks. 
"He loves them, so today is special enough that yes, he can absolutely have them," Beth agreed. 

On wish grant day, Colin was the star. Friends, classmates, and family waited alongside a red carpet while a limousine brought Collin to his favorite things, all delivered at the same time. 

"He's fiercely obsessive with movies. He loves them and loves coming to the movie theater," Beth said. 

The day of celebration included a private showing of "Mr. Peabody and Sherman," then the pizza party with arcade games. 

As an added bonus, Make-a-Wish worked with Tinseltown to bring Collin a year's certificate of free movies for himself, plus one. 

"It makes me feel good because I get to do a lot of stuff and he doesn't get to do a lot of stuff," said older brother, Tyler Parks. 

 

Though all the food and fun was made possible today, for five years, Collin struggled with digesting. The problem was discovered through exploratory surgery, then corrected. Now, Collin is back on the healthy track. 

"It's good that he's back on his feet and can do stuff," Tyler said. 

"When we asked him about a wish in going to the movies, he was really excited," Beth said. "I think they pulled it off amazingly. I couldn't ask for anything more for him." 

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