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State Police grant Cenla girl's wish

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PINEVILLE, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - At first glance, Sydney Lewis seems like your average 13-year-old girl. She loves her friends, almost as much as softball, a sport she’s played her entire life. But some recent news about her heart threatened her playing days for good.

“She has a bicuspid valve and aortic stenosis,” Sydney’s father Heath Lewis explained. “Basically that means she has two flaps over her valve (while) everybody else has a tricuspid. She also has stenosis which means hardening of the valves.”

The doctors recommended she completely stop playing until a surgery could be performed, which is news that Sydney Lewis didn’t want to hear.

“It was really hard because I’ve been playing softball all my life,” Lewis said. “To not be able to do it at all was a lot for me.”

After several visits with the doctors, the Lewis family scheduled an operation to repair the valve on July 8th. In the meantime, Heath just wants to keep his daughter happy.

“At this point it’s been a support thing; you know, try to keep her mind off of (what’s happening) this summer,” said Lewis. “Just keep her attitude positive.”

Thanks to support from Louisiana State Police Troop E, a distraction is exactly what she’s getting. Through the troop’s non-profit “Grant A Wish” Foundation, Lewis received a surprise party at Kees Park today, and something a bit more.

“The Grant a Wish Foundation is a foundation in which we reach out to a youth in the Troop E area to basically grant them a wish, with an illness, possibly a terminal illness,” State Trooper Michael Satcher explained.

“I just figured it was going to be a little party with a couple people, but it was pretty big,” Sydney Lewis said.

The Grant a Wish foundation then gave Sydney and the Lewis family an even bigger surprise: an all-expenses paid trip to New York City, which Sydney happily accepted.

Once she gets back from New York and has the procedure, there is a chance she could get back to playing ball. But for now, the Lewis family is just focused on keeping Sydney happy, and more importantly, healthy.

“At this point, it’s out of our hands. (It’s in the doctor’s) hands, in God’s hands. All we can do is be there for hugs and kisses and support, (and) have wonderful people like that’s here today,” Heath Lewis said.
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