Make-A-Wish Fort Hood

Four year old Scarlett Landry had a wish granted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation in a presentation at Firehouse number 1 on Fort Hood on Thursday.

Gabe Wolf | Herald

Cory Landry knows his daughter, Scarlett, 4, is a tomboy.

She likes cars and fire trucks, he said.

Unfortunately, Scarlett also has mitochondrial disease, a rare metabolic disorder that keeps her body from properly regulating her blood sugar.

When the Make-a-Wish Foundation decided to grant Scarlett's wish to see snow, the organization also wanted to hold a festive send-off.

Robin McNutt of Make-a-Wish arranged for Scarlett and her family to celebrate her birthday at Chili's on Fort Hood.

Fort Hood's police and fire departments got involved and on Thursday, Scarlett and her family arrived at the post fire station to find the ladder truck up and a welcome sign hung on another fire engine.

The family received a tour of the station, and both Scarlett and her sister received badges, making them honorary firefighters and police officers.

Scarlett and her sister, Delainy Barker-Thomas, 7, rode in a fire engine with Sparky the fire dog to Chili's. There, the staff was wearing grey t-shirts with "Team Scarlett" printed on them. The family received t-shirts to wear, as well.

"The community pulled together and made this a very special send-off for Scarlett," McNutt said.

"It was awesome, an amazing day," Cory said.

Next for the family is a trip to Breckenridge, Colo, where Scarlett will have a chance to play in the snow, learn to ski and build a snowman, all provided by the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

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