Hamilton girl with rare brain cancer road trips to Hollywood sign, L.A., Vegas, Disney

Belle, a character from Beauty and the Beast, visits Naomi Short, 9, of Hamilton, while she and her parents are vacationing in Orlando. Naomi has been diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer. SUBMITTED PHOTO
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Belle, a character from Beauty and the Beast, visits Naomi Short, 9, of Hamilton, while she and her parents are vacationing in Orlando. Naomi has been diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Naomi Short continues to complete her “bucket list” thanks to the generosity of others, including strangers.

Naomi, 9, of Hamilton, diagnosed with a rare form of Stage 4 brain cancer, has traveled around the United States with her parents for nearly six weeks. They’re traveling in a pull behind camper, a gift from Make A Wish Foundation.

Their adventures began on Thanksgiving and they expect to return to Hamilton some time next week. That is, unless her parents Gary and Melissa Short can find a way to make a living on the road, her mom said with a laugh.

“No one wants to come home,” she said.

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The family has visited the Grand Canyon, the Hollywood sign, the Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and for five days, vacationed at the numerous Disney properties. While in Orlando, they’re staying in a two-story, seven-bedroom, five-bathroom house with a movie theater, game room and swimming pool rent free, another gift from a stranger.

A lady who lives in Orlando lost a son to brain cancer and she established a foundation to assist families like the Shorts.

Melissa Short, 35, called the support throughout Naomi’s cancer diagnosis “simply amazing.”

She said people gravitate toward Naomi because of her “spunky personality” and her desire to help others.

“She has a way,” her mother said. “People meet her and fall in love with her.”

While in Orlando, Naomi was visited by Belle, her favorite Disney character from Beauty and the Beast.

“She was in hog heaven,” said her father Gary Short, 42.

On Friday, the Shorts will be given the VIP treatment at Disney with a private tour of all the parks.

“It’s been a blast,” her father said, adding the vacation has given him and his wife time to relax.

So far, Naomi, who uses a wheelchair after losing her ability to walk, has had only one medical emergency. She had a severe seizure in Los Angeles and was flown to a hospital. She was released the next day.

Naomi Short, 9, of Hamilton, and her parents are in Orlando this week touring several Disney properties. Naomi has a rare form of brain cancer. SUBMITTED PHOTO
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Naomi Short, 9, of Hamilton, and her parents are in Orlando this week touring several Disney properties. Naomi has a rare form of brain cancer. SUBMITTED PHOTO