This year’s event featured speaker and wish parent, Sophie, whose daughter, Carmel, received her wish to “ride horseys in the mountains” in the summer of 2017. Carmel suffers from alternating hemiplegia of childhood, a rare neurological disorder which Sophie describes as, “a human time bomb—for which there is no cure.”
The mother and daughter duo take life day by day. Every single day, Carmel awakens not knowing if she will walk, talk or eat—or whether she will experience excruciating pain, paralysis, or a host of other life-threatening symptoms.
“Carmel’s entire Make-A-Wish experience has changed the trajectory of our lives, truly,” Sophie said. “In some of the darkest days following her devastating and progressive diagnosis, Make-A-Wish miraculously stepped in and reminded us that we could still find joy, despite such difficult circumstances.”
Sophie’s heartfelt speech brought the crowd to its feet. Her words stood as a reminder of the stories represented throughout the room as a whole, and the lasting impact that a wish has on everyone involved.
While the funds raised at the event will go a long way in transforming more lives like Carmel’s, there is still much work to be done. Right now, there are enough children waiting for their wishes to fill more than seven school buses. Without wishes, they’re not getting everything they need to battle their illness. See all the ways to help at akwa.wish.org.