Elizabeth A’s Wish – 2010, Dallas
After hearing about The Wish Connection, Elizabeth knew instantly what her wish would be! It was the same wish she had for years – a wheelchair lift for the family van. Since birth Elizabeth has been lifted in and out of the family van by her Dad. However, as she matured and became more frail, she was embarrassed to have her peers see her being lifted in and out of the van so she chose to stay at home. Her life consisted of a ride in the family van to the doctor or a school bus ride to and from school – that was it.
This teenager had never been to a movie, a restaurant or a shopping mall. With the approval of her wish, The Wish team: Alma Salinas, Bobbye Sweat, Robyn Johnson, Mark Farrell and I went to work to design a very special wish for Elizabeth. We coordinated with her family, Terrell High School Principal, Teachers and The Terrell Tribune to be available for the presentation of the newly installed wheelchair lift. Of course as soon as Elizabeth saw us, she knew something wonderful was about to happen. I asked her if she knew why we were there. She responded “Did I get my lift?” Oh yes!! The Wish Connection granted her wish and gave her liberation to be able to enjoy her life a little more outside of her home in lieu of her limitations.
The wish extended to a second day where the wish team met Elizabeth and her family at the Dallas Museum of Arts for a tour of the museum, since she is quite a little artist. We then went to lunch at a local restaurant where we presented her with art supplies of her own. Elizabeth could not stop smiling her wish had come true.