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Bailey Parker never saw it coming. Bailey Parker never saw it coming.
The students of St. Benedict are sending the Parkers on a Disney cruise. The students of St. Benedict are sending the Parkers on a Disney cruise.
St. Benedict sponsored Bailey Parker in the memory of Gerald Blum. The 2013 SBA graduate died in his sleep in December of a previously unknown heart condition. St. Benedict sponsored Bailey Parker in the memory of Gerald Blum. The 2013 SBA graduate died in his sleep in December of a previously unknown heart condition.
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(WMC-TV) - Bailey Parker never saw it coming.

The 7-year-old St. Jude patient from Pensacola, FL, has wonderful parents. She has a pair of brothers: one shy (Jaymes), the other a ham (Mason).

She's also waging war with Wilms tumor.

Kidney cancer.

Bailey Parker never saw it coming.

"She has handled treatment very well," said her mom Ashley.

For the better part of two years, Bailey's handled treatments, surgeries and a relapse. After her last surgery, her doctor declared her cancer-free.

But Mom said the next five years are touch-and-go.

So the student body of St. Benedict at Auburndale High School, 8250 Varnavas Dr. (SBA), teamed up with Make-A-Wish Mid-South to raise thousands of dollars through an endless string of fundraisers.

Bailey Parker never saw it coming.

The key. Turning the lock. Opening the door. The Disney characters bursting out with banners.

The students of St. Benedict are sending the Parkers on a Disney cruise.

"It makes those bake sales, those 'Jeans Days' ... every little thing they did so much worth it," said Make-A-Wish Mid-South's Development Coordinator Rebekah Sudduth.

St. Benedict sponsored Bailey Parker in the memory of Gerald Blum. The 2013 SBA graduate died in his sleep in December of a previously unknown heart condition.

Gerald's sister Nicole was "Cinderella" among the SBA supporters and students costumed in Disney characters to surprise Bailey.

"These people that raised this money ... having Bailey here and seeing that her wish is granted in Gerald's memory ... it really does make us feel that his spirit lives on and that he's still here with us," Nicole Blum said.

Bailey Parker's still here. She has a life even a 7-year-old girl can't take for granted anymore.

And on behalf of the spirit of a young man who loved life -- and a student body loud and brimming with life -- Bailey, her parents and her brothers are going on the vacation of their lives.

Bailey's family never saw it coming.

"This is our first family vacation ever," Ashley Parker said. "This is very exciting!"

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