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| Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2003, 12:00 p.m.

Destiny Faison

Residence: Riviera Beach, Fla.

Age: 15

Family: Mother, Robbie Nelson, and father, Reginald Faison; two brothers, Michael Moore, 21, and Kenneth Moore, 26

Education: Faison is a seventh-grader at R.J. Henley Christian Education Center in Riviera Beach. She loves drama and hopes to become an actress.

Background: Faison, who suffers from an abnormal thickening of the heart called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, received a wish from the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Her wish was to become an honorary resident of Pittsburgh, where her aunt lives and which she always had dreamed of visiting.

Noteworthy: Faison got her wish last week. During her visit to Pittsburgh -- the first time she ever had left Florida -- Faison became an honorary citizen, received a key to the city from Mayor Tom Murphy and helped the mayor light the city's Christmas tree Friday night at Point State Park.

Quote on her impressions of Pittsburgh: "It's like New York with something else mixed in -- it was like a dream come true."

-- by Amy McConnell

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