Teenager's wish to be granted at Grammys

CENTER CITY - January 13, 2014

It was a taste of the star treatment for 15-year-old Julia Parmisciano.

A limo arrival on Market Street in Center City and a walk on the red carpet for the South Philadelphia teen who will be at music's biggest night.

"I'm looking forward to seeing everybody and seeing all the stars on the red carpet and I'm just excited to be in LA because it's my dream to go there," Julia said.

The 10th grader at Neumann Goretti Catholic High School received a heart transplant in 2011 at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia after being sick almost since birth.

She's doing well now so the Make-A-Wish Foundation is granting one heck of a wish for the young woman who loves her music and what better place to celebrate than at the Hard Rock Cafe.

"They do so many things for so many kids and it's just amazing," Julia said.

It just so happens on Monday, the local chapter of Make-A-Wish granted its 5,000th wish.

"I have a great staff and a great core of volunteers that treat each and every individual wish like it's the most special situation you can imagine," Make-A-Wish Philadelphia CEO Dennis Heron said.

"It's overwhelming and it's happy and it just makes me feel good inside to see everyone come together for kids like this," Julia's mother Grace Parmisciano said.

Julia says the support has made a big difference in her recovery.

"It's just amazing to do something so great and after all I've been through I think I deserve such a great thing and so does my family," Julia said.

In a couple of weeks, Julia and her family will be watching amazing performances from artists at the 56th annual Grammy Awards.

She may even run into them thanks to those special Make-A-Wish privileges.

Her favorite singer, by the way, is Selena Gomez.

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