Danville girl with disabilities gets the royal treatment with $2K shopping spree


    Zyliah Saunders (WSET)

    DANVILLE, Va. (WSET) -- At just 9-years-old Zyliah Saunders has had a rough life, losing her mother to cancer and battling several disabilities.

    The Kids Wish Network saw Saunders' strength and granted her the experience of a lifetime.

    "Zyliah is a sweet little girl with difficulties," her grandmother, Cynthia Noble, said. "She suffers from autism spectrum disorder, a form of cerebral palsy down one side and ADHD combined type."

    Noble had been caring for Zyliah and her brother since their mother passed away from cancer years ago.

    "It was really hard for Zyliah to lose her mom at such a young age," Noble said.

    She noticed early on that Zyliah wasn't developing as fast as other children.

    "No child should throw their left leg outward and it took her a long time to actually start walking," she said. "She gets therapy twice a week. That keeps her from being in a wheel chair."

    Now Zyliah is 9-years-old and walking in style after going on a big shopping spree granted by the Kids Wish Network.

    They grant wishes to children with life-threatening conditions.

    Noble showed ABC 13 photos from the big day where a limousine escorted the family to Hanes Mall in North Carolina and Zylia went on an 11-store shopping spree, valued at $2,000.

    "It was amazing they let her scan the items," Noble said. "They had VIP wardrobe rooms for her to go into."

    While getting the royal treatment, Zyliah thought of her siblings and got them some items as well.

    "They're good to me too," she said.

    "It was a wonderful experience for us to see that happen for her she deserved it," Noble said.

    Zyliah has been going to therapy for five years and will have to for the rest of her life.

    They say there are some areas where her mobility has decreased, but they say she is a fighter and never gives up.

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