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Sick Florida teen realizes FFA dream in Louisville through Make-A-Wish

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Ashley Denslow looks through the vendors section at the FFA conference. Ashley Denslow looks through the vendors section at the FFA conference.
 LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A sick teen from Florida got her wish in Louisville at the FFA Convention this week.

17-year-old Ashley Denslow arrived in style at the Kentucky Exposition Center Wednesday and didn't know what to think about all the attention. "It's a little weird, everyone's staring at me," she said with a shy smile.

One place she really shines is when she shows animals. "I've shown rabbits, chickens, pigs, steer," said Denslow, the vice-president of the FFA chapter she is a part of in Florida.

Today, she feels like a star, but most days she does not feel well. "I have to take pills everyday and shots, which i just started again Friday, I get really tired easily and it affects my ability to keep  up with everybody.

She says it's not that serious, but her mom says they almost missed this trip because of a blood clot. "She was healthy as an ox up until September 8th of last year and four different times we almost lost her. It's been an absolute roller coaster."

The Florida teen has been battling lupus -- a life threatening autoimmune disease. After all she has been through, a sweet offer came. The Make-A-Wish Foundation would grant her a wish, and it was only fitting that it would center around FFA. "I had to have something in FFA, because that's my entire life that's all I do after school and on the weekends," Ashley explained.

"Ideas were floating in a hundred different directions and so many, but the second she said this, I said yep, that's the one she's staying with and it just snowballed from there," said Denslow's mom.

She gets $1600 to spend, plus many vendors created personalized items for Ashley for free. For one day she's a normal teen, getting what every girl wants -- a shopping spree. "To see her in her element right now couldn't be any sweeter," her mom said proudly.

Ashley gives back, too. Since her diagnosis, she volunteers at a children's hospital. As much as she loves FFA, her career path may change. She now wants to be a pediatric lupus doctor. "No better way of being a doctor than someone who's been there and done it and understands it inside and out. But I said don't hold out yet, she comes to this convention, she'll jump back to the other side, back to FFA," her mom laughed.

The FFA Convention is in Louisville until Saturday, November 1st. More than 60,000 members are in Louisville for the convention.

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