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Shelbyville teen with bone cancer gets star treatment at Macy's

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's an early Christmas present for a Shelbyville, Ky. teenager diagnosed with a bone cancer.                        

With claps and cheers, 17-year-old Keaton McMurray walked the red carpet for a special shopping spree. Macy's gave him and his family the star treatment with new clothes, beach towels and gift cards.

"It's just really cool that somebody would want to give somebody a shopping spree," Keaton McMurray said.

As he shops for Christmas gifts, it takes his mind off of being diagnosed with Osteosarcoma this past summer. The bone cancer spread to his lungs, and he's still undergoing chemotherapy.

"Since July, I have been taking a few different types of chemo," Keaton said. "I've had a total knee replacement. I've got a scar from here all the way down past my knee cap. They took an 8-inch bone tumor out of my leg, and gave me a new knee joint and rods to replace the bone."

Debi McMurray, Keaton's mother, says, "He's been through such a hard road, and to see that smile on his face was worth it."

What he thinks about during treatment is St. Lucia: the water and the ocean.

And this summer, his family will go there as part of his Make-A-Wish Foundation dream come true.

"It's really just really always been a place I've wanted to go," Keaton said. "I love the water. I grew up in the water. I saw these huts in a calendar and I said I'm going to go there some day."

Jessica Cary with Make-A-Wish Foundation says, "It's something that Keaton, he hasn't even gone on his wish, but he can look forward to to give him hope and strength and joy while he's going through his treatments up until the wish."

Keaton's wish was granted after he wrote a letter to Santa through Macy's.

The department store donates a dollar to the Make-A-Wish Foundation for each letter received, up to one million.

For Keaton, this is a day he'll never forget.

"Just being able to be out, just being able to go home," he said. "It's the small things that you really take for granted, just being able to come out to the mall, just being in the mall is a really big thing."

Macy's and Make-A-Wish partnered to grant more than 50 wishes across the country this holiday season.

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