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Magic Moments grants 6-year-old's wish to become a chef

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James Pollard poses for the camera. Source: Sherea Harris/WBRC James Pollard poses for the camera. Source: Sherea Harris/WBRC
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

A young boy had the chance to work his dream job thanks to Magic Moments and a local restaurant.

Tuesday was a busy afternoon for cooks at FoodBar in Vestavia Hills. But all of the hustle and bustle that goes on back in kitchen is what one very special little boy is fascinated with.

"I want to be a chef because I want to cook stuff," said James Pollard.

Pollard, 6, lives with cerebral palsy and he's getting a chance to live out his dream of being a chef. 

He helped Chef George McMillan with prep work and also got to operate a blender.

"We're all just blown away by his enthusiasm in the kitchen. He loved getting to see all the different facets. The walk in the cooler, to the guy cutting fish, to fresh produce coming in the back door," said McMillan.

"It's nice to see, to just get to see him be a kid," said Pollard's mother, Mary Ellen Pollard.

Mary Ellen Pollard said her son was diagnosed at 15-months-old with a type of cerebral palsy called Spastic Diaplegic. It affects the lower half of his body and he's going through a lot of physical therapy to re-learn how to move.

But Mary Ellen Pollard said just for a moment Pollard got to forget about all the therapy and hard work to do what makes him so happy.

"And not focus on his abilities, disabilities, things he can or can't do," she sad. "He just is having a great time. I don't think he'll ever forget this."

Pollard loves watching cooking shows on TV and on Tuesday he told his mom thought he was on one of those shows!

Magic Moments also sent the Pollards on a special trip to Disney World.

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