3-year-old Delaney's dying wish

10:47 PM, Mar 3, 2011   |    comments
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Three-year-old Delaney Wadsworth was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor this past summer. It's so rare, only four children in Colorado have it.

"We didn't want to miss out on one second of her life," Brenna Wadsworth, Delaney's mother, said. "Not one second."

Brenna Wadsworth and her husband Jason couldn't believe what the doctor had told them.

"We were in shock," Jason Wadsworth said.

It just didn't seem right. How could their little girl have a tumor?

"I couldn't comprehend it," Brenna said.

Diffuse pontine glioma is what the tumor is called. It's incurable.

Three months ago, Delaney's tumor was the size of a golf ball. Today, it's the size of a grapefruit.

"When it decides to start growing, it grows fast," Brenna Wadsworth said.

The Wadsworths knew there was nothing they could do to cure the disease. So they decided to do what any parent in that sort of situation would do: They let Delaney live out her remaining months.

"We traveled," Brenna Wadsworth said. "We went to Disney World, LEGO Land, everywhere."

Delaney is supposed to turn 4 on March 26. She probably won't live to see her birthday.

"We gave her a birthday party in February," Jason Wadsworth said.

"We had a Toy Story birthday," Brenna Wadsworth added. "She loves Toy Story. Buzz Lightyear is her boyfriend."

Brenna and Jason Wadsworth can't imagine what life is going to be like without their little girl.

"I still cry," Brenna Wadsworth said. "I'm really going to miss her. You're going to miss your children. They're not supposed to go before you."

If there is any comfort for Delaney's parents it's knowing their daughter has accepted and welcomed her fate.

"She said, 'Oh Mommy, I'm so excited I'm dying,'" Brenna Wadsworth recalled. "I said, 'Who told you that?' and she said, 'God did.'"

It's only a matter of days, weeks at most, before Delaney passes away. As she prepares to leave our world, she has one last wish.

"Her dying wish would be for everyone to just give each other a hug," Brenna Wadsworth said. "Just to forgive people and to let things go."

(KUSA-TV © 2011 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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