Stateline girl takes the trip of a lifetime thanks to Make-A-Wish

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Tears of joy flooded the airport as almost 100 people came out to surprise a little girl and her family.

"I don't know what to say. I'm just overwhelmed by all of it," said Bethany Knight, the girl's mother.

Layne Knight and her family are headed to Orlando, Florida thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation helping make Layne's wish come true.

"I started tearing up at 8 o'clock in the morning. I don't think my eyes will be dry all day long," said Knight.

As for Layne, she's got her eyes wide open for for a certain someone once they arrive. That being Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.

At just seven years old, Layne was diagnosed with a critical cardiac illness that required her to undergo heart transplant surgery.

"When you have a sick child, it doesn't just affect the child, it doesn't affect the parent. It affects everyone in the family," said Layne's mother.

While the trip to Orlando is a gift beyond their expectations, the family says another gift tops their list.

"The second greatest gift that we've ever been given. The first one was Layne's beautiful new heart which was donated by a sweet child just about her age and we think of him every single day," said Knight.

The Knights say they're beyond grateful to the donor, giving them the opportunity to celebrate everything Layne has been through.

"I think that's pretty safe to say, her wish came true," added Knight.

Layne had one simple wish, to see her favorite character Minnie Mouse in person, and today her wish is coming true.

The family will spend the next seven days in Orlando, Florida, with many more surprises along the way.