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'Make-A-Wish' Kid -- Focused On The Dolphins

3/28/2011 5:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The Make-A-Wish kid snubbed by celeb chef Ina Garten has MOVED ON -- in fact, we're told, Enzo is so excited about his back-up wish to swim with dolphins ... he sleeps in his bathing suit.

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A family member tells TMZ, 6-year-old Enzo -- who suffers from leukemia -- has conquered his initial disappointment and is now focusing on his upcoming swim sesh with real-life dolphins.

We're told Enzo not only sleeps in his bathing suit -- but when he's awake, he spends a huge chunk of his free time learning to swim ... all to make his new wish a reality.

TMZ previously reported, Ina has officially REVERSED her refusal to see the kid ... after twice denying his request for a meet-up -- claiming she plans to call him today.

As of the time this story was published, Enzo's family had not heard anything from Ina.

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46.

Jack Marshall    

The mother is a bully here, aided by TMZ. The Contessa has no obligation to do what a kid wants/ demands just because he's sick. See: http://ethicsalarms.com/2011/03/27/the-barefoot-contessa-and-the-compassion-bullies-an-ethics-drama/

1215 days ago
47.

steven    

CONTESSA.... I HOPE YOU CHOKE ON SOMETHING YOU COOK YOU PEICE OF GARBAGE. HOW DARE YOU PASS UP ON A SICK CHILD WISHES. YOU ARE A DISGUISTING HUMAN BEING.

1215 days ago
48.

Angela    

Way to go TMZ common people watch this woman and have made her famous, and she has no time for a child. My 5 year old watches Ina everyday but after this she wont anymore and me either. Swim with the dolphins little man they wont let u down unlike Ina and she should not get away by saying it was her publistist fault. A child should never be let down in life and most of all not a sick child, his story of waiting 6 months breaks my heart. Bad girl Ina u will never be forgiven

1215 days ago
49.

CountryGal    

Enzo Momma Be Rolling up in A Bentley laughing at you fools. She be selling her story over and over for yo $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.

1215 days ago
50.

Amy    

Wow cause TMZ Keeps in touch with the mom who wants all the hate to stop right lmao Hey Harvey why don't you bring them to CA and let them chill out with you for your show @@

1215 days ago
51.

Amy    

As of the reporting of this story the greedy family still are not satisfied...they would like the proceeds from her next book now right???

1215 days ago
52.

CountryGal    

Enzo Momma Be Smoking Endo while cruising in her Rolls Royce thanks to all u suckers!!! She be rolling in the dough babay!!$$$$$$$$$$$$$

1215 days ago
53.

Angela    

Why are people angry with make a wish it makes no sense, they give sick people something that the family can not pay for, all the haters donate some money to this cause r any cause, u never know u might need a wish one day.

1215 days ago
54.

Anonymous    

@2:15 PM on Mar 28, 2011 by Superman
My kids were interested in a lot of things most people would not associate a child thinking about traveling to other countries, growing up to be certain professions, etc...
The imagination is a wonderful thing and goals are to be encouraged not discouraged. With goals come hope for a better tomorrow. If Ina made the sick little kid happy so whose to tell him not to watch her on tv or request to meet her?
None of us know how long we have here. Isn't it more compassionate and joyful to make the days we have more pleasant for others?

1215 days ago
55.

SML    

Translation: The manipulative, exploitative mother is satisfied that she has gotten back at Ina Garten and has come to terms to the fact that she will not be on the program.

1215 days ago
56.

CountryGal    

BOYCOTT Make A Wish. They be forcing **** on people. Damn fools!

1215 days ago
57.

Amy    

Celebs are going to avoid MAW now like the plague. Cause it is obvious if you do not grant their request the entitled, greedy families will rake them over the coals. Good Job TMZ and Enzo's mom...you screwed a lot of poor little kids now

1215 days ago
58.

CountryGal    

Enzo momma don't have to worry about the recession cuz she gots TMZ and all the sensitive peoples $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

1215 days ago
59.

Amy    

#47 good post and thanks so much for the link :)

1215 days ago
60.

CountryGal    

Jack baby I can't get yo link to work.

1215 days ago
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