St. Petersburg, Florida --For some of us, birthdays are something we try to hide and sweep under the rug. But for one Tampa girl, her 12th birthday won't be one she'll ever forget.

Esteffani Diaz-Pedroso has sickle cell anemia. She's been battling the disease since she was an infant.

The Children's Dream Fund partnered with retailers at the Tyrone Square Mall to give her a truly blessed birthday -- riding in a limo, getting pampered at the Vinoy, and then a full day of shopping. On Wednesday night, she's having dinner at Lee Roy Selmon's.

TheDream Fund has been helping kids battling serious illnesses for more than 30 years. To learn more about the Children's Dream Fund, click here.

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