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Ailing youngster, 13, gets his wish and meets the animals at Zoo Miami

Ron Magill, goodwill ambassador and communications director at Zoo Miami, helps Matthew Valiante, 13, feed carrots to Pongo the giraffe on Friday, July 6.
Ron Magill, goodwill ambassador and communications director at Zoo Miami, helps Matthew Valiante, 13, feed carrots to Pongo the giraffe on Friday, July 6. cmguerrero@miamiherald.com

Matthew Valiante, a 13-year-old from New Jersey who suffers from a blood disorder, got to have his dream come true on Friday, July 6, when Make-A-Wish Southern Florida sponsored a trip for him to Zoo Miami, where he was able to meet many of the rare animals there.

Matthew Valiante, a 13-year-old from New Jersey, carries a passion for animals, despite his blood disorder. Make-A-Wish South Florida along with Zoo Miami gave his family an exclusive tour.

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