By David Carroll

CHATTANOOGA (WRCB)- Marion County's Kennedy Griffith is Hawaii-bound.  The 13-year-old bone cancer survivor will be spending a week "in paradise" thanks to the East Tennessee Make A Wish Foundation (

After spending almost a year undergoing treatment at Chattanooga's T.C. Thompson Children's Hospital, Kennedy has been in remission almost five months, and hopes to spend time "swimming with the dolphins" in early August.  She will be accompanied by her mother, Pam Griffith.

Her father, Marion County Director of Schools Dr. Mark Griffith said the community has been very supportive of Kennedy, helping her "get through the dark days."

Tory Hood, director of program services for Make A Wish, says Kennedy "is stronger than most adults I know.  We're so glad we can give her some magical moments and memories she will always cherish."

Mother Pam Griffith says, "Kennedy has been a mentor to other children, and has been such a good example to all of us.  And I can't say enough good things about everyone at T.C. Thompson and Make A Wish."

After she returns from her Hawaiian holiday, Kennedy says she's ready to finally spend a full year at school.  "I'm a little behind, but I'll work hard and catch up," she said.