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Feb 12, 2014

Warm Wishes in the Winter

Megan wish art
While it’s been in the single digits – sometimes even below zero – here in Pittsburgh, a few of our wish kids have been battling the cold in the right way: they’ve got sunshine on the mind. Here are a couple of wish stories that will hopefully warm you up on this frigid, three-degree Pittsburgh day.

Eleven-year-old Megan, of Windber, PA, recently returned from a week-long trip spent on the beaches and out of the cold in none other than the sunshine state. More than anything, Megan, who is diagnosed with meningomyelocele spina bifida, has always wanted to swim with dolphins, and two weeks ago she did just that. While Megan had to wear a wetsuit as the cold weather tried to follow Megan to the Florida Keys, she was still able to enjoy some warmth from the sun’s rays. Not only did Megan swim with dolphins a few days that week, but she also painted with a dolphin.

Next we have Sara, of Mansfield, PA, who is excitedly looking forward to this coming spring – which is hopefully coming sooner than we think, despite what Punxsutawney Phil has to say. This spring, Sara, a 15-year-old who loves to swim, will be receiving her very own swimming pool.  Once the temperature outside gets a little warmer (and by a little warmer, I mean at least 70 degrees warmer), Sara will be able to throw all the pool parties she wants with her friends.  Swimming for Sara is also therapeutic, as she is diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease, and at times she gets very hot – but with her new swimming pool she will be able to take a quick dip to cool off whenever she desires.

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