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  • 7-year-old Isabel becomes Princess of Kingsland prom

    7-year-old Isabel becomes Princess of Kingsland prom

    Isabel is escorted on the Candyland-themed walkway during Kingsland High School Prom's Grand March on Saturday evening.Isabel is escorted on the Candyland-themed walkway during Kingsland High School Prom's Grand March on Saturday evening.

    We told you on Thursday about 7-year-old Isabel Perez and her battle with idiopathic intracranial hypertension/pseudotumor cerebri, which unfortunately can't be cured.

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    We told you on Thursday about 7-year-old Isabel Perez and her battle with idiopathic intracranial hypertension/pseudotumor cerebri, which unfortunately can't be cured.


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SPRING VALLEY, Minn. (KTTC) -- A Spring Valley girl is fighting for her life after being diagnosed with a ravaging disease two years ago. Despite hearing this devastating news, the Perez family is helping their 7-year-old girl celebrate life, instead of fear it.

"On my way back from the doctors, my mom said, 'why don't you write a bucket list?' and so I did," said Isabel Perez, of the day she came back from the hospital with some news that would change her life.

Time is something rather precious for Isabel. Two years ago, she was diagnosed with idiopathic intracranial hypertension, or IIH, a disease that gives her severe headaches and vision problems. It could take her sight one day, or even take her life.

"It basically, it mimics a brain tumor," said Isabel's mom, Laura Perez. "So all the symptoms of a brain tumor are there. There's nothing we can do about it. They'll do a spinal tap to reduce the fluid off of her brain and she's good for six weeks, maybe 12."

Yet, that doesn't stop Isabel. Like any other 7-year-old, you won't ever find her sitting and waiting. She has a garden to take care of after all, in order to give back to her community and the food pantry.

"Weeding it is the very hardest!" she said.

However, Isabel has something else that's more contagious: courage. Something she wants to spread to other children battling this crippling disease.

"I saw her talking, into the tablet over my shoulder," said Laura. "I kind of walked over and looked and she stopped several times and kept telling me to go away."

Isabel had made a video of herself describing her illness. "She came up and she showed me and she said, 'is there any way we can let other kids see it? So they know they're not alone," said Laura. She posted the video to Facebook to reach dozens of other kids around the country.

"Everyone was showing their kid," said Laura. "'Look at what this little girl has done.' It's really been helpful."

Although Isabel's condition makes her delicate, don't let that fool you. "We talk a lot about the butterfly," said Laura. "She loves butterflies and we talk about how strong butterflies are and how they start as caterpillars and when they least expect it, and they're down and out they're able to fly away and be strong."

Like a butterfly against the wind, Isabel has never given up. It is because of her bravery that three admiring high school students are making one of Isabel's bucket list wishes come true: going to prom.

"We heard about her adventure list, and we just thought it would be the perfect time because we're all seniors, we're all really close to their family and it was just perfect timing," says Kingsland High School senior, Rachel Harder.

Like any prom princess, Isabel has been working on her moves for her favorite dance, the cha-cha shuffle, and planning her perfect outfit.

The power of love brought this family together, and a symbol of survival that the Spring Valley community will see this Saturday.

"I just hope that they see a strong kid who's living her life for today," said Laura.

Because that's the very lesson Isabel has taught all of those around her.

"There's purpose for a lot of things in life, and I believe that's her purpose is to kind of help and give other people strength through her own strength and she's definitely done that for us," said Laura.

Isabel will be going to the Prom Grand March this Saturday. You can look forward to seeing her big moment this weekend here on the NewsCenter.
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