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Chuck E. Cheese's B-day Bash: Elijah's wish

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by Joan Aguon Charfauros

Guam - Emily and Jerome Untalan wanted to throw a very special 7th birthday for their son Elijah Jude. Emily said, "Elijah was born on Mother's Day 2004. We all know that children are wonderful blessings from God, and our son is a blessing we though would never come."

About a year and a half before Elijah was born, doctors had informed Emily that she had a condition that could result in possible infertility. Upon the doctor's recommendation, a mass that covered her entire uterus, along with her left fallopian tube and left ovary were removed. The chances of having another child were grim. "After almost two years of trying to get pregnant, it finally happened," she recalled.

In 2006, the kids and Emily took a trip to Hawaii to meet up with jerome. He and the rest of Team Charlie of the Guam Army National Guard were mobilizing; preparing to deploy to Africa for 15 months. It was a bittersweet moment. It was there in Hawaii where Elijah met Chuck E. Cheese for the very first time, live and in person.

"You should have seen the look on Elijah's face," said his mother. "The awe in his eyes, etc. when Elijah saw Chuck E. Cheese he didn't care to play the games. His focus was on Chuck E. Cheese."

In November 2010, two weeks after Chuck E. Cheese's successful grand opening on Guam. Emily and Jerome took Elijah to his favorite place. "As soon as Elijah spotted Chuck E. Cheese, he dropped his tokens and ran up to Chuck E. Cheese, hugged him and said, 'I missed you so much!'" said Emily.

So what better place to celebrate Elijah's 7th birthday than at the place that brings him so much joy and puts such a huge smile on his face. He got to hang out mom, dad, his sister Jenna, family, friends, and the coolest rodent around - Chuck E. Cheese. It was a day full of games, pizza, dancing, and smiles.

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