For fifteen-year-old Chloe, a wish come true was about more than one day, one experience or one moment. Chloe’s wish comes with a lifetime of memories and a forever friend.
When Chloe’s wish-granting volunteers asked her to decide a wish, this teenager decided to wish for a companion. But not just any companion, a rescue dog named Birmingham.
“Her whole life is dogs,” said wish mom, Kim. “She reads about dogs, knows the breeds and understands them.”
Chloe volunteers once a week at the Humane Society and already has two dogs at home. She researches dogs and knew she wanted to adopt a shelter dog. As it turns out, Birmingham would help Chloe just as much as she would help him.
Chloe is living with a life-threatening metabolic disorder. She was hospitalized three or four times last year alone; her condition hasn’t stabilized. Chloe spends many days feeling under the weather; she can’t go to school. And all these challenges have also left Chloe with learning delays.
Since her wish, Chloe has been positively transformed. “I’ve seen so much change in Chloe in her energy level and responsibility,” said Kim. “(Her wish) has brought a new sense of purpose for her in a life that’s otherwise pretty boring.”
Chloe has had a difficult time maintaining friendships since she cannot go to school. But now she walks Birmingham around the neighborhood and gets to meet new people. He challenges her to get outside more often, and be more active.
“I think (having her wish granted) keeps her healthier,” said Kim. “I’ve seen a huge, positive change in Chloe.”
Birmingham fits right in with the family. He is smart, a bit of a clown and easy to get along with. He plays nonstop.
And Kim will forever remember the moment Chloe met Birmingham for the first time. “We drove up … all of a sudden she was grinning ear-to-ear. She tumbled out of the car!”
“Life with a child with a life-threatening disorder is such an unexpected life,” said Kim. “(A wish) is such a positive and lets you put the other aside for a bit … it took the edge off of a life that is always precarious, always stressful and kind of daunting.”
Every year, 1 in 4 children in Alaska and Washington are not receiving a wish. With your support, we can make sure every eligible child gets a wish!
Special thanks to wish-granting volunteers Divya Gathe and Allison Brock, Alaska Airlines Cargo, Great Plains PAW, Make-A-Wish Nebraska