Tampa teen battling cancer has dream of puppy come true

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – The Children’s Dream Fund has been making dreams come true for children with life-threatening illnesses since 1981 and on Saturday morning, another dream came true.

Lacey Dietz, 15, was diagnosed with lymphoma in May of last year. Since then she has endured grueling treatments at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital.

When asked by her Dream Coordinator what might be her dream-come-true, the answer came easily – a puppy!

“Casper”, Lacey’s new four-legged friend, arrived at Tampa International Airport on Saturday morning to meet his new owner.

“He is the cutest little cottonball ever!” said Lacey Dietz, after seeing her new four-legged friend, Casper, for the first time.

Breeder Lauraye Townsend of Cloud Walker Kennels picked out Casper especially for Lacey, traveling from Missouri to Tampa to deliver him to his new owner.

“To watch the transition from my little baby to hers, makes my heart burst with pride,” said Townsend.

Dietz’s cancer is now in remission, but she will still undergo rounds of treatment for the next few years.

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