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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Make-A-Wish Foundation selected Courtney for a trip to Los Angeles to visit Miley

Courtney Smith
Courtney Smith

A Decorah girl is being recognized for her work on behalf of the March of Dimes.

Courtney Smith, 12, has been named the top fundraiser in this area for the Northeast Iowa Division of the March of Dimes. Smith has raised over $1,000 in donations in each of the past two years, and has raised a total of $3,345 over the past three years.

She is the daughter of Bill and Kris Smith of Decorah.

Smith's recognition by the March of Dimes comes just a little over a month the Make-A-Wish Foundation selected her for a trip to Los Angeles to visit Miley Cyrus. Smith is a huge fan of Cyrus, after getting hooked on watching "Hannah Montana" when she was younger.

So when Make-A-Wish asked her what her wish was, she didn't have to think long.

Smith, her mom and dad, her aunt Karen and her friend, Dallas were flown out to Los Angeles in April where she and 20 other kids were taken out for a meal -- followed by private, one-on-one meetings with Cyrus, who gave Smith some advice on where to shop in Los Angeles, then posed for a picture with her.

Following the one-on-one meetings, the kids got to sit in on a rehearsal for Cyrus' upcoming concert tour, listening to nine songs.

Smith's mother, Kris, says her daughter has been talking constantly about Cyrus since their meeting.

"She was full of smiles," Kris said. "She kept saying, 'I can't believe I met Miley Cyrus!'"


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