BURLINGTON, NC, - AlJ, a 15-year-old from Burlington, was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy around the age of 4 months, and has struggled with a weak heart for most of his life.
After receiving a heart transplant, his story went viral, ending in a trip to "The Ellen DeGeneres Show".
Since AlJ has dreamed of traveling to a beach Ellen gifted them with a six night stay at the Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort in Hawaii!
Tina Turner, AlJ's mother, sent us pictures of the family on their vacation.
Burlington 15-Year-Old Goes To Hawaii Thanks To Ellen DeGeneres
She told WFMY News 2,
"This is amazing. We are being treated like royalty! I'm probably going to cry again tomorrow when we leave. Everyone knew about AlJ's story and he just smiled with amazement."
ALJ recently turned 15 and his wish after getting his heart was to be able to swim without being in pain or out of breath.
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