Soldier surprises sister with cancer with Disney World trip

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Mary Pat was stunned to see her brother, Army Specialist Robert Siess (KTRK)

A cancer patient got a double surprise this weekend.

First, she saw her brother who serves in the military. Then, she was told she's going to Disney World.

A sunny spring Saturday and the Oakmont Bakery in Pittsburgh is packed.

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Mary Pat Siess, 26, is hard at work behind the counter with no idea that her brother, who's stationed at Fort Bragg with the 82nd Airborne, is right next door.

"She has no idea I'm here," says Specialist Robert Siess, "So it will be a hell of a surprise for her."

You see, Mary Pat is a new face among the staff here today.

The avid baker has an aggressive form of leukemia, and she thinks she's here to help bake a cake for a young child with cancer.

"Never heard her complain about it once," Robert Siess says. "Probably the toughest person I ever met in my life and ... about time we did something for her."

So Robert is surprising his sis with a family trip to Disney World.

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Posing as a customer amongst the crowd, he zooms in with the big news.

And his sister greets him with stunned silence. It takes few minutes for everything to sink in.

"I had no idea," Mary Pat says, fighting back tears. "Everybody thought I knew but I had no idea."

The elaborate day was orchestrated by Jamie's Dream Team, which helps make dreams come true for severely ill people.

"I thought I was baking a cake for a little girl with cancer," Mary Pat says. "I want to help others who have cancer. I know what it feels like to go through that, and i was more than happy to come bake a cake for a little girl."

Robert Siess says what Jamie's Dream Team has done for his family is "unbelieveable."

"There's no way we could ever thank them," Robert says. "The work they do is just amazing."

And Mary Pat wanted to make sure her work was done before she turned in her apron.

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After a few photos, a sheriff's deputy readies the escort caravan, and it's off to the Most Magical Place on Earth.

"This is more than I expected," Mary Pat says. "A lot more."

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