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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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steve    

that chef did him a favor! his first wish was moronic, now he can have a better day and do something more exciting than eating food.

1275 days ago
107.

Cujeaux    

Not only will this by the death of her career, it will ruin her in the Hamptons. People there frown upon skinflints like her.
The tide will turn with her gay friends as well. Her husband may decide to cut and run hoping for a decent alimony settlement before the money dries up. All told, this cost her a fortune in book deals, merchandise and of course her show, which be replaced with a host who will be the polar opposite of Big foot so the FN can save face.

1275 days ago
108.

CountryGal    

Lmao@garett. Make A Wish Or Else

1275 days ago
109.

Davey Boy    

Wow John Jameson someone has a little too much time on their hands huh?

Posted at 4:06 PM on Mar 28, 2011 by Amy

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Amy, the Tin Man faxed in from the grave. They're still looking for your heart.

1275 days ago
110.

iwantaknow    

when barefoot 'whale' contessa calls...hang up.....go with the dolphins baby doll

1275 days ago
111.

jwoolman    

He'll have a great time learning to swim and then meeting the dolphins. Much more appropriate "wish".

It was such a weird request from a little kid (Spongebob I could understand, but Ina Garten?!?), I imagine what exactly he wanted wasn't clear to Make A Wish either and so loads of room for misunderstandings if they're the ones who told Garten's people. (I doubt very much that she ever saw the original requests.) They probably didn't give her schedule people any reasonable alternative options such as calling him or sending a book, hence the scheduling problem. She doesn't have a studio audience or anything like that and doesn't film most of the year and also is no spring chicken herself (early sixties). Other more kid-appropriate celebs can easily fit in a bunch of MAW kids at once - just bring them backstage after a concert or tv show taping, or plug them into some already scheduled events such as Disney World outings.

All this nonsense was just an example of a viral internet hate campaign (not really the family's fault, most likely someone read the story on the website and went off half ****ed - the kid will be a senior citizen and the campaign will still be going). Thanks, TMZ, for once again helping spread chaos and hatred by not checking things out first.

By the way - he's not "dying" or "terminal" at this point.. He's been in remission a couple of years, is enjoying being a kid again, excellent chance of growing up and becoming a senior citizen some day. Good prospects for his leukemia (high cure rate, though chemo has definitely been difficult and his folks will worry about relapses for a few years). He'll be able to thoroughly enjoy swimming with the dolphins.

1275 days ago
112.

CountryGal    

Enzo Momma need some fancy clothes. Please send her more checks and even cash and gift cards.

1275 days ago
113.

CountryGal    

Enzo momma make a wish for some more bling bling, maybe even bars of goldAH!

1275 days ago
114.

kingborg    

your a fine one to talk amy. he makes 1 comment. with VALID INFO. u been running your mouth for hours today about this.

1275 days ago
115.

CountryGal    

KingBoring, shut up whiny bitch

1275 days ago
116.

janalal4    

Aha! Hell with Ina. Go swim with those dolphins Enzo. A childs enthusiasm makes me smile. Sleepin' in his bathing suit. Sweet. And still.......the woman hasn't phoned him. Sounds like Enzo might get two wishes. One to cook with the two cool guys & doing the dolphin thing as well. Good for him. A child in his terrible situation deserves all the happiness his little heart can hold.

1275 days ago
117.

CountryGal    

Enzo Momma want a house in da Hamptons next to Ina. Please send your checks to Enzo momma

1275 days ago
118.

JamesB    

Enzo, you rule! Best wishes!

1275 days ago
119.

John Jameson    

ABC news article on this situation. Sure looks like
INA responded.... She said now she would meet little
Enzo.

See Amy our caring about Enzo was effective. This "teaching moment" will help other celebrities make the right decision in the future.


http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/barefoot-contessa-turns-make-kid/story?id=13238578


The "Barefoot Contessa" has time to star in her Food Network show, pen cookbooks, and cook at charity luncheons for her well-to-do fans.

But apparently, her schedule was too packed to meet a 6-year-old boy stricken with leukemia who requested a cooking session with her through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. She turned him down, twice.

Now, after multiple blogs and news outlets criticized her decision, Garten is inviting Enzo Pereda to the set of "The Barefoot Contessa."

"Ina became aware of Enzo's story this weekend and will be calling him today," a spokesperson for Garten said in a statement to ABCNews.com. "She looks forward to inviting him to spend some time with her at the Food Network studios

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janalal4    

Enzo Momma want a house in da Hamptons next to Ina. Please send your checks to Enzo momma

Posted at 4:29 PM on Mar 28, 2011 by CountryGal

YOU shut up you illiterate cretin. You & your boring-ass repetition.

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