Dream Factory sending Jefferson City family to Florida

Grayson Smith shows his dad, Ray, one of the items from a backpack of goodies from the Dream Factory. At left, Grayson's sister Mara looks at the backpack she received.

Grayson Smith shows his dad, Ray, one of the items from a backpack of goodies from the Dream Factory. At left, Grayson's sister Mara looks at the backpack she received. Photo by Angie Hutschrieder.

In just a matter of days, young Grayson Smith's dream will come true. Grayson and his family will embark on a trip of a lifetime, made possible by the Dream Factory of Lake Ozark.

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Grayson Smith shows his dad, Ray, one of the items from a backpack of goodies from the Dream Factory. At left, Grayson's sister Mara looks at the backpack she received.

The Dream Factory is granting Grayson's wish after learning about him from a newspaper article after the youngster was diagnosed with leukemia in April 2009.

In January 2009, Grayson became ill, complained about sore legs and had unexplainable bruises. Months later, he was diagnosed with leukemia and has since undergone chemotherapy treatments that will continue monthly until July 2012.

In June, the Smith family was contacted and asked what Grayson's dream was. Now they are ready to head out on Grayson's dream of a nearly weeklong trip to Florida and visits to Disney World, Sea World and Universal Studios.

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