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5-year-old with inoperable brain tumor gets mermaid wish in Boca Raton

Posted at 7:53 PM, Jan 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-06 19:53:19-05

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — A 5-year-old Memphis girl who is battling brain cancer is having her dream realized in Florida where she spent the day with mermaids.

Ta'liyah Baldwin has been undergoing chemotherapy at St. Jude's Children's Hospital since being diagnosed in November 2017 with an inoperable brain tumor. Her family said the treatments leave her lethargic and caused her to have trouble walking.

Shanquindra Baldwin says all her daughter talks about is mermaids so she contacted the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The Sun Sentinel reports the organization sent the family to Florida where the little girl spent Saturday at the Boca Beach Club with two women dressed as mermaids. They even had a pair of custom-fitted fins for Ta'liyah to wear as she splashed around the pool.

Her mom said Ta'liyah is "having the time of her life."