Wish kid Alexandra is counting the days until she meets these elite canines during the Iditarod.
Fourteen-year-old Alexandra from Utah has been battling cystic fibrosis her whole life, but that hasn’t kept her from dreaming about sled dogs and hoping to come to Alaska to experience the Super Bowl of mushing: the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. She loves dogs, and after learning about sled dog heroes like Balto and Togo, she knew she needed to experience mushing for herself.
In just a few weeks, Alexandra’s wish will come true.
On the first Saturday of March, Alexandra will mush down the streets of Anchorage with Iditarod rookie Heidi Sutter and experience her own little piece of the Last Great Race. She’ll get a VIP mushing experience thanks to ExxonMobil.
She’ll also learn how to harness the famed huskies, and she’ll try her luck at strapping boots on their paws. Alexandra will get to feel what it’s like to be a musher for a day by spending lots of hours bundled up in warm clothes in the company of some incredible canine athletes.
It doesn’t stop there. Alexandra will get to mingle with all her favorite mushers.
She’ll eat pizza with champions like Dallas Seavey, Jeff King and perennial runner-up and crowd favorite, Aliy Zirkle. She’ll attend the Musher’s Banquet and even get to hold the mukluk, a traditional Alaska Native boot, when the mushers draw for their start positions by pulling them from the boot.
So when you’re out on the trail to send off the Iditarod mushers in style, cheer extra loud when you see wish kid Alexandra zoom by. She’s sure to be having the mushing wish of a lifetime.
Wishes are an important part of total patient care and we believe have a significant impact on the child's health. In fact, Make-A-Wish has gathered extensive survey data indicating that health – mental, emotional and physical – improves for children who received a wish.
Special thanks: ExxonMobil, Iditarod
Photo courtesy of Erin Kirkland/AKontheGo.com.