Make-A-Wish Girl Makes Downtown Sparkle

By Alex Rose |

Published 11/27 2015 10:21PM

Updated 11/27 2015 10:21PM

Not a single child on Church Street has more wonder in their eyes than Bella Boutin. The Make-A-Wish child flipped the switch, bringing thousands of holiday lights to life in downtown Burlington Friday night.

We shared her story earlier this month. As a baby, she was diagnosed with what's called a Urea Cycle Disorder.

"She received a liver transplant when she was 15 months old," said Bella's mother Courtney Boutin.

Her parents say Bella's childhood was filled with blood transfusions and operations, but now the six-year-old is filled with energy, climbing her swing set, taking gymnastics classes and being drawn to the spotlight.

She's also VERY good at magic tricks.

Make-A-Wish Vermont is taking her to Disney to meet her favorite characters, but Princesses don't top Bella's list.

"I love Sully," Bella said. The big blue monster from Disney's "Monsters Inc." is one of her all time favorites. Along with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

For her parents, they couldn't be more thankful for the joy this organization has given their youngest daughter.

"A lot of people think about Make-A-Wish as being for kids who have terminal illnesses but it's also for kids like Bella who, they've been through something terrible, you know they've been through really awful medical situations but they're doing well," Courtney Boutin said. "And they're saying 'hey here's a way to recognize that, we want to give you a chance to be a kid.'"

Bella recently finished her last surgery related to her transplant last Spring.

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