Make-A-Wish Southern Florida has now granted 11,000 wishes since 1983 to bring hope, strength, and joy to children who have life-threatening medical conditions.
Wish kids most often ‘wish to be’ (something), ‘wish to meet’ (someone), ‘wish to go’ (somewhere), or ‘wish to have’ (something) and the nonprofit organization makes this happen for the child and his/her entire family at no cost or obligation to them.
The Southern Florida chapter grants a wish every 16 hours, at an average cost of $5,000 each, for children in 13 Florida counties and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
On Saturday, Madison White attended a horse show that she’s been told is to support a trainer that will be there. What she didn’t know is that the show will be stopped, literally, to surprise her with a new best friend, just days after her final chemotherapy treatment and just before her 15th birthday.
The Pembroke Pines resident, who has been undergoing chemo for osteosarcoma (bone cancer), has taken riding lessons and longs to compete in horse shows. She’ll now have that opportunity with a partner of her own, a retired thoroughbred that has been retrained to be a jumping horse.
Photos and video are courtesy of “Make-A-Wish Southern Florida.”