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Disabled Teen Spends Special Day at Miami Seaquarium

Valentina Corpas is a very popular 13-year-old who receives a lot of love from friends and family.

You can’t miss her -- she’s all pinked out from the top of her head all the way down to her wheelchair.

Corpas also has some big goals in her life too.

"I’m an aspiring actress," she told NBC 6. "I’ve actually written two plays."

With her loving and infectious personality, you wouldn’t know this teenager has been through a lot in her short life. Corpas was born with severe spina bifida, a birth defect that impacts the spine.

"I can’t feel from my knees down, so I’ve gone through many wheelchairs in my life, but the power wheelchair was designed for me," she said.

Even with the custom wheelchair, Corpas’ family does not have the proper ramp to get into her family’s vehicle. That’s why the Miami Herald put the girl in their Wish Book program in 2018, a nonprofit effort that spotlights the needs of the less fortunate in South Florida.

The Miami Seaquarium decided to give her a trip to their facility for a special VIP day out with friends and family.

Corpas spent the day with the birds, and even got a chance to see Flipper. It’s a moment she says she will never forget, all in hopes of inspiring others.

"I want to be able to inspire people to smile more," Corpas said.

Click here for more information on the Miami Herald's Wish Book.

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