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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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76.

kingborg    

nor do you amy only whats been said/written.

1313 days ago
77.

LaxFlow    

MAW has got to be embarrassed. I'm sure they never wanted this. It's true, not every wish is granted. The parents posted on their blog, which did sound like whining. That brought on the media. I do think it's not MAW fault, but the parents. And yes, imho, they are blackmailing a celebrity. Guess what the rest of us do - we tell our kids No, it's not going to work out that way, and look for alternatives. We don't try the pity party blackmail route. And honestly, he will have an amazing time with dolphins. He was probably picking INA because of his mom. The dolphins will be an amazing and therapeutic experience for him.

1313 days ago
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Amy    

I am not the one trying to practically lynch someone over a news story that may or may not be true

1313 days ago
79.

Amy    

Awesome post LaxFlow...it is what I have been saying too

1313 days ago
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Missy    

BOYCOTT Make A Wish.

Posted at 1:47 PM on Mar 28, 2011 by CountryGal

Why? Not their fault, they are the ones trying to make it happen! You should try to understand what you read before making a stupid comment!

1313 days ago
81.

Troof    

My time is limited. I won't be watching "Barefoot Contessa" again.

Prayers for little Enzo, and I hope he is well and strong when he swims with the dolphins.

1313 days ago
82.

mary    

ina has shown herself to the world, she is only interested in promoting herself. yes celebrities are busy and they are busy because of people like us, who watch their movies and buy their products. just ask some has been, they wish someone would ask for them to do anything to get in public arena. the public has supported and made these people famous, so they can snub us.

1313 days ago
83.

Rider3    

Unbelievable! Only until she gets bad press will she help this child. She should be ashamed of herself. She's not that great a cook, either.

1313 days ago
84.

moso    

I hope the parents don't make him change his mind..
She's a Bit@H..enough said!
She is only doing it because TMZ caught on to her. First good thing TMZ has done!
Hope he has a blast with the dolphins... :)

1313 days ago
85.

Tommy P    

Good for him. Hey Ida, how often is it that a sick dying child fan of yours asks you to cook for them? Stick it now, bitch!

1313 days ago
86.

kingborg    

ohwell she has had time to show her side and has not done so. Ans laz MAW does not blackmail anyone. never has unless you can provide proof i'd hush up if i was you.

1313 days ago
87.

garret    

Make a Wish or Else, inc.

1313 days ago
88.

Amy    

@garret you are 100% right...make a wish or you will be crucified and your career ruined. Nice to see bullying to get your own way works huh...good lesson to teach Enzo. I do not hold MAW at fault for this, they are probably embarrassed by this bad press. The sad thing is this is going to hurt MAW in the end :(

1313 days ago
89.

Bee1    

I want to make a wish.....I wish Ina Garten gets canned from her tv show and I hope that TMZ films it.

1313 days ago
90.

Amy    

Well Bee1 throw a fit and go to the press like Enzo's mom and you too can bully people into getting what you wan

1313 days ago
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