Area girl gets dream vacation fulfilled through Make-A-Wish

MOORHEAD, Minn. (Valley News Live)- Harper Carlson was born with a congenital heart defect, but that doesn't slow her down one bit. In fact, she got to go on a trip to Disney World, and it was a trip made possible through Make-A-Wish.

Harper Carlson is 5-years old. She doesn't let anyone or anything stop her.

"She is about as sassy as they come, which I think is a good thing for her and her condition," says Harper's mom, Courtney Carlson.

She's got some big plans for her future, you might even call them, royal plans.

"I want to be a Princess," says Harper Carlson.

Watching her dance across the kitchen, you wouldn't be able to tell this Princess, has a heart defect.

"She was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. It's known as HLHS," says Carlson.

In other words, the left side of Harper's heart didn't develop like it should have. Shes already faced some bumps in the road that most of us, never have to see in our lifetime.

"Shes had three open heart surgeries now," says Carlson.

That's why the Make-A-Wish Foundation thought, Harper deserved a vacation. One where a Princess could visit a true castle. So Harper and her family went to Disney World, and she especially wanted to meet someone there.

"At that time, Harper wanted to have breakfast with Mickey, that's what she wanted to do. She wanted cheesy eggs and apple juice. They made it come true, and then some," says Carlson.

Then some is right, she got to meet all her favorite princesses, including Rapunzal. Although each day comes with uncertainties for Harper, the outlook for this princess is encouraging. Harper's mom says, she sometimes gets winded a little easier than other kids her age. But other than staying away from contact sports, Harper's mom says they're doing what they can to make sure this Princess lives happily ever after.

Harper has to check-in with the cardiologist every 6 months. There's a chance down the road, she could need a heart transplant or another open heart surgery. Harper and her family, are very thankful for Make-A-Wish. If you are interested in helping to make these trips happen, the first ever Make-A-Wish North Dakota Mile Drive is happening this week.

You can donate any unused airline miles to Make-A-Wish. On Thursday March 1st, miles will be accepted by calling 1-800-362-9474. Miles can also be donated anytime online at