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Lynn Haven, Fla. -

A Bay County family has a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. Their little girl was diagnosed with a rare and life threatening genetic disorder, but now they just celebrated her 5th birthday.

Madison Riley has a rare disorder called Mucolipidosis Type 2.  The enzymes in Madison's body have a hard time breaking down complex carbohydrates.  This affects her ability to develop, grow and move.  The disease has a typical life expectancy of three to eight years, but Madison makes the most of every minute.

"She loves to sing and loves to dance.  She loves Southern gospel music," her mother, April Riley, explains. 

Madison has to stay inside during the winter months to avoid catching a cold, which could be life threatening.

April says, "Every day when we go to bed we have no regrets because we know our time is limited with Madison.  It makes you realize real quick what's important in life, and the things we would worry about before seem so small."

Madison's parents hope her sweet spirit will encourage others to learn more about this rare condition and be thankful for each day.

"In just five short years, she's been here and all the people she's touched.  I just hope I can touch that many," April told News 13.

Madison and her family are getting ready to head to Disney World for a Make a Wish trip.  They will be documenting the trip on their blog.