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For Keely Waterman, princess dream comes true

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By Crystal Nelson

DENVER — While many girls only dream of being a princess, Keely Waterman’s dream came true last week.

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With the help of Make-A-Wish Colorado, the 6-year-old Brighton resident was crowned at the Brown Palace July 25, where she also received a proclamation from the governor and attended high tea with her family and friends. 

Keely, who has been battling a form of kidney cancer, said she always wanted to be a princess. Make-A-Wish Colorado made Keely’s wish to come true and arranged for her to give a short speech and help start the Oyster Race, an urban adventure race held at the aquarium in Denver on Saturday.

Keely admitted that being a princess is “pretty awesome” and got to wear a dress in pink, her favorite color. She said that her favorite princess, Princess Aurora from Sleeping Beauty, also wears pink. 

In addition to her activities as princess, Make-A-Wish Colorado arranged for Keely and her family to stay in a seven room suite at the Ritz Carlton in Denver, where they were able to relax over the weekend. Keely said what Make-A-Wish Colorado did for her “means a lot because it’s just really special.” 

Her mother, Kristy Waterman said it was an incredible experience for the family.

“You don’t always realize what you go through, the day to day of surviving cancer, how much it takes out of you and how much it takes from your family,” she said. “But organizations like Make-A-Wish do understand that and this has been an incredible experience to ... have them take care of everything and let our family feel special.”

Kristy said Keely has completed two years of chemotherapy, radiation, a bone marrow transplants and other treatments. She said that their experience with cancer wasn’t as difficult as some but that it’s “more than you would want anyone to go through.”

“She’s come through it all like a rock star,” she said.