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Published November 27, 2013, 09:05 PM

'Make a Wish' grants Minnesota girl's wish to meet country superstar

Herman, MN (WDAY TV) - When it comes to holiday wishes, none is more precious than a "Make A Wish” request.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Herman, MN (WDAY TV) - When it comes to holiday wishes, none is more precious than a "Make A Wish” request.

And for one West Central Minnesota 8-year old, her wish could not be "more perfect."

Tatum Libbesmeier will be watching ABC, Monday night.

The CMA Country Christmas will feature Luke Bryan, Tatum's favorite, and as Tatum found out, the perfect wish.

Tatum Libbesmeier is still flying high after meeting her star.

He gave me this license plate thingy, and signed it.

Country Music fireball Luke Bryan, who met Tatum in Nashville during the Christmas Special airing on this coming Monday on ABC.

Tatum's parents surprised her with the trip to Nashville.

This is Tatum’s wish to meet Luke Bryan.

Once there, it was preparation in meeting the country star…hair, makeup, nails, then her wish come true.

Tatum Libbesmeier/Luke Bryan Fan: “He is cute and nice, and we went to meet him and he gave me these and he signed them here and here.”

Tatum and big sister Macee are huge fans, they know Luke's music.

Luke Bryan sang back at them in Nashville.

During the taping, Luke wore Tatum's bracelet. And came down from the stage to hug and kiss her.

Finally a personal bus tour and this precious hand in hand walk back to Tatum's Limo with the star.

They are pretty tight now.

Tatum: “He sang to me, took pictures of me and hugged me.”

After all, Tatum has been a fan like.

Scott Libbesmeier/Tatum’s Dad: For him to be so genuine to all of us.

Lisa Libbesmeier/Tatum’s Mom: “Sometimes they say hi and that is it, but he went above and beyond, awesome.”

It has been a tough year for the precocious eight-year-old, battling retino blastoma cancer for the last year.

But this, this wish trip, turned this Thanksgiving into a meaningful unforgettable time.

Scott: “For four days we did not have cancer, do doctor bills, no doctors, just enjoy the moment, live the moment.”

And Luke Bryan is coming to Fargo in February.

He has promised Tatum a girl's night out.

She and her friends get a limo ride, hair, makeup, nails, and oh yes a concert.

Donations for Tatum can be sent to:

Tatum Libbesmeier Fund

Eagle Bank

Box 955

Elbow Lake, Minn. 56531