ALDERSON (WVDN) – Fifteen-year-old receives fish tank from Make-A-Wish
Her wish was granted on Aug. 31, where a team of volunteers organized for her wish to come true.
Kendra always loves to visit the fish tank at a local restaurant and during hospital trips as finds them relaxing and loves to watch them swim around.
When it came time to decide on a wish, she knew almost instantly what to wish
Kendra wished for an aquarium to be set up in her bedroom so she could watch the fish as she fell asleep as she loves watching the “kissing fish” smooch and relaxes in front of the brightly-colored fish.
Her wish was granted at her home in Alderson, where volunteers brought her a large fish tank filled with her two favorite fish: blood parrot fish and tiger barb fish. The tank was also decorated with ornaments featuring her favorite Disney Princess Ariel as well as a pet store gift card to purchase more fish and accessories in the future.
Her mom, Cheryl, loves having the fish tank in her room as it helps Kendra to relieve anxiety and brings joy into her life.
Wishes like Kendra’s cannot take shape without one crucial, first step: a wish referral. Be the start of a wish-come-true today by referring a child who is between the ages of 2 ½ and 18 and has a critical illness.
The most common misconception about Make-A-Wish is that it only provides wishes for dying children. On the contrary, wishes have the power to transform lives by creating an opportunity for hope and the ability to experience life beyond illness.
In fact, a 2022 impact study found that a large majority of Make-A-Wish alumni, parents, and medical providers overwhelmingly agreed that the wish experience contributed substantially to physical, mental, and emotional health – and improved the odds of survival. Learn more about the study at: wish.org/greaterpawv/impact-survey.
For additional information about Kendra’s wish or how to refer a child, contact Jo Beth Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304.342.9474.
Editor’s note, Make-a-Wish opted to not use the family’s last name to protect their privacy.