She ended up having a collapsed lung, a brain bleed and vitreous hemorrhages in both eyes, which left her temporarily blind. She was in a coma for 10 days with over 40 medicines keeping her alive. After two days of being at the hospital, she was strong enough to have a bone marrow biopsy done. The biopsy confirmed she had acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
Her wish was a trip to the Walt Disney World®
Resort. It was the most amazing thing we ever did. We waited and took the trip during the tail end of her treatment. It was a beautiful way to celebrate her recovering health. The aggressiveness of the chemo treatments left little time for “fun” things. Disney was the first and only time our whole family was able to go on vacation together. Make-A-Wish®
and Give Kids the World truly brightened our lives.
A'Niah [now seven years old] is just recently one year off of treatment. She is in remission and doing amazingly well. A'Niah is a true sports enthusiast. She's wanted to play football for as long as I can remember. This year she was ecstatic to be able to finally play. She is the only girl on her team and tells anyone who will listen that she is going to be the first girl football player at Penn State.
—Cassidy, A’Niah’s mom
A’Niah’s newfound strength and motivation can also be seen with many other children after experiencing a wish. According to a recent study published in Quality of Life Research, “The findings indicated that the children who received the wish-fulfillment intervention had higher levels of hope regarding their future, increased positive emotions and health-related quality of life, and a better psychological profile manifested by lower levels of depression, anxiety and psychological symptomatology.” (Shoshani 2015).
If you know a child, like A’Niah, who is between the ages of 2 ½ and 18 and is diagnosed with a critical illness, please begin the referral process today. To learn more, give us a call at 800.676.9474
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