Barb and I are so proud of our involvement with the Make A Wish Foundation and we are especially proud of this wish. You see, because of your donations supporting us in past Walks we were able to be the ones who adopted this wish. Please read Gracie's story:
Gracie Ann Staggs was born 6 weeks premature on October 31, 2011 along with her twin sister Janie Lou Staggs. Gracie was born with multiple heart defects collectively called Shone’s Complex. She underwent surgery on her aorta at just 5 weeks old and spent the first 3 ½ months of her life in All Children’s Hospital. During this time she stopped breathing on two occasions, one of which we would later learn caused her to have a stroke that created developmental delays that she was able to overcome and vision problems that she still struggles with today. Because of her inefficient heart, she also had problems with her stomach and suffered from severe GERD requiring her to be fed through a feeding tube that bypassed her stomach and emptied directly into her intestines for the first 4 years of her life. She is now a happy healthy 6 year old who defied the doctors predictions at every turn who said she would need another surgery at age 3, then it changed to age 10, and now, as of her last cardiac check up she will not need surgery until she is an adult. Gracie’s wish was granted just a few weeks after receiving this last good news and we celebrated her good news as a family at Disney World. She truly is an Amazing Gracie.
Over the past six years you have helped us to raise enough funds each and every year so that we could adopt a wish. That is over $5000.00 each year!! We want to continue our run but we can't do it without you.
Whatever they WISH to be, Where ever they WISH to go, Whoever they WISH to meet or Whatever they WISH to have. We want to be able to grant the wishes of every child fighting a life threatening medical condition. We want to provide them with the strength, the hope and the joy that a wish gives them.
Thank you for your past support and thank you for your continued support!!