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Teen with cancer gets book shopping spree

A 13-year-old girl fighting thyroid cancer was granted one of her biggest wishes on Tuesday — a shopping spree at a book store.
Cancer patient Rayvn Stevens is granted her wish -- a book shopping spree at Chapters 2:06

A 13-year-old girl fighting thyroid cancer was granted one of her biggest wishes on Tuesday — a shopping spree at a book store.

Rayvn Stevens was diagnosed with cancer one year ago, just days after she turned 12. Since then, the Edmonton teen has undergone two surgeries, including the removal of her thyroid, and radiation therapy.

Tuesday was a day to set the cancer aside, at least for a few hours. Armed with a list five pages long, Rayvn scoured the young adult section of the Chapters bookstore in West Edmonton Mall, piling her finds in a couple of plastic shopping carts.

Rayvn says the books help her cope with the cancer.

"They're like how I escape," she said. "I go somewhere else for a little while."

Rayvn's unique shopping spree was made possible by the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

"We've never had a Chapters-specific, or book-specific, shopping spree before," said Amber Benders, the volunteer and communications co-ordinator for the foundation's northern Alberta chapter. "So we're having lots of fun."

Rayvn faces more radiation and surgery but her family is hoping her health has taken a turn for the better.

"There could be numerous surgeries, there might not be any more," her mother Samantha Stevens said. "It just kind of all depends on what her body chooses to do."