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Ina Garten denies Make a Wish request....

Posted by on Mar. 25, 2011 at 11:21 PM
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Celeb Chef -- Too Busy for 'Make-A-Wish' Kid

3/25/2011 12:35 AM PDT by TMZ Staff  

 


The Make-a-Wish Foundation had to break some bad news to a 6-year-old cancer patient this week ... when Food Network star Ina Garten informed them she was too busy to cook a meal with the boy ... TMZ has learned.

Ina Garten Enzo

A family member involved with the Make-A-Wish foundation tells us ... a little boy named Enzo was approached by the organization after he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia three years ago.

Enzo told Make-A-Wish ... he really wanted to cook with the "Barefoot Contessa" host because he would often watch the show with his mother while resting in bed.

M.A.W. approached Garten with the wish last year ... but at the time, she was unable to meet with Enzo due to a book tour.  The organization urged Enzo to pick another wish, but he told them he wanted to wait until she becomes available.

We're told the organization went back to Ina this year ... but her team responded with a "definite no" ... once again, citing scheduling conflicts. 

A member of Enzo's family says the 6-year-old is heartbroken ... and asked parents, "Why doesn't she want to meet me?"

When we called Make-A-Wish for comment on this story, they told us, "From time to time, planning for wishes doesn't turn out as originally envisioned, despite people's best intentions and efforts throughout the wish-granting process."

They noted that Ina is a "good friend" of the foundation.

A rep for Garten tells us, "Despite her demanding schedule, [Ina] participates and helps as many organizations as she can throughout the year, helping children and adults like Enzo with life threatening and compromising illnesses.

The rep continues, "Unfortunately, as much as she would like to, it's absolutely impossible for her to grant every request she receives."

We're told Enzo has now made a new wish -- he wants to swim with dolphins ... and he's already taking lessons to make his dream come true.

 

 

by on Mar. 25, 2011 at 11:21 PM
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JaimieLynn8
by on Mar. 25, 2011 at 11:30 PM
"it's absolutely impossible for her to grant every request she receives" ????

Sounds like BS to me. I've never even HEARD of her, I sincerely doubt she's being bombarded with requests! And the fact that celebrities much more famous than her somehow make things happen!
If I were her if feel honored that it was someone's biggest wish to meet me. A little selfish IMO.
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melisawoosley
by on Mar. 25, 2011 at 11:33 PM
She is a pretty famous cook but i doubt she is so busy that she cant cook one meal with this kid
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Chibi_Kitten
by on Mar. 25, 2011 at 11:37 PM

 

Quoting JaimieLynn8:

"it's absolutely impossible for her to grant every request she receives" ????

Sounds like BS to me. I've never even HEARD of her, I sincerely doubt she's being bombarded with requests! And the fact that celebrities much more famous than her somehow make things happen!
If I were her if feel honored that it was someone's biggest wish to meet me. A little selfish IMO.

 

mommyinindiana
by on Mar. 25, 2011 at 11:43 PM
Somehow i find it hard to believe that she cant take an hour or two out of one day to grant this wish.
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littlemissmj
by on Mar. 25, 2011 at 11:50 PM

 I've never even heard of her. I think she's a total cunt. You're so busy that you can't cook a meal with a dying little boy as his DYING WISH? Get your fucking priorities straight lady. Man. She's going to feel pretty stupid on her judgement day.

xcutxupxlovex24
by on Mar. 25, 2011 at 11:51 PM
thats a shame. Idk anything about her schedule....but i think she could make time if she really wanted too.....lord knows i wouldnt be able to turn down the poor boy...
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Rain2Rinse
by on Mar. 26, 2011 at 12:31 AM
Eh.
Just like I don't have an obligation to send money to the starving children in Africa or St Jude's, she has no obligation to cook a meal with a sick child.
Sure, it would be nice of her but it doesn't makr her a God awful person because she doesn't want to.


She may truly be too busy. Maybe she had a parent with *insert random disease here* and she isn't comfortable being around a person with death looming in the future.

Nobody knows her situation but her.

My parents and I discussed how negatively I will be viewed at their funerals when I am absent.

Many of those people won't know that as a child I was nearly buried with my uncle and now have panic attacks anytime I am even asked if i am going to so and so's funeral.

Again,I don't know her situation. I don't think poorly of her at all.
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TexasWife
by on Mar. 26, 2011 at 12:36 AM

I never liked her anyways. I just wonder how other celebs do it but she can't. I would have said Chef Simon though. I love him.

daisysrdeadly
by on Mar. 26, 2011 at 12:40 AM

I could understand if she has some what of a valid reason and she had her chance to explain and it was lame. I guess making money is way more important making a little boys wish come true.

Peytons_Mama09
by on Mar. 26, 2011 at 12:41 AM
She has a show on food network. I don't like her and never really have. I've watched her show and she's annoying and just bit*hy sounding. I kind of hope this affects her show and they take it off the air. What a bi*ch!!!
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