Make-A-Wish is appealing to Galwegians to become volunteer wish granters.
Forty-five wishes have been granted nationwide so far this year to children aged 3-17 years old living with life threatening illnesses. Make-A-Wish has granted ten wishes in Galway since 2013 and currently has 14 local children on their waiting list.
Some wishes have been to go to Disneyland, to be a pop star, to meet The Script to have a puppy, or to become a Barbie Fashion Designer, like seven year old Aideen Conneely from Headford.
Aideen, who was diagnosed with blood disorder Myelodysplastic Syndrome in 2010, underwent a bone marrow transplant and chemotherapy and developed Stage 2 graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) on her skin and Stage 4 GHVD in her gut. After spending 27 days in intensive care the little girl, who celebrated her First Holy Communion last month, is now the first child in Europe known to have survived Stage 4 GVHD in her gut.
After all that hardship Make-A-Wish Ireland was able to bring the family some joy. Aideen is Barbie-obsessed and when Mattel learned about how she dreamed of becoming a Barbie Fashion Designer they jumped on board to help Make-A-Wish plan an amazing Barbie surprise for Aideen.
The family were whisked off to LA, treated to a Barbie pink limo, and got to meet real-life Barbie and Ken. For Aideen her wish was truly made as she became a Barbie fashion designer for the day and was treated to everything and anything to do with Barbie.
Make-A-Wish needs local volunteers to help make more wishes come true, and is looking for Galway people to join their Wish Granting Team. To sign up go to www.makeawish.ie or contact Barbara Cahill on 01-205-2012 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.