December 16th, 2015|
Granting a wish and partnering with Make-A-Wish is a holiday tradition that our Nurenberg Paris family looks forward to each year. There is no better way to celebrate the holidays than to bring smiles and hope to a special Make-A-Wish child. This year we were honored to grant Maggie’s wish for a rottweiler puppy. In cooperation with the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Beatrice Police Department and Von Hause Huenink Kennels, Maggie’s wish trip to be united with her puppy was an exciting cross country adventure.
Maggie is 14 years old and has struggled with autoimmune diseases since she was a baby. She has been in and out of hospitals most of her childhood, struggling at times with facial paralysis and difficulty walking, eating, and speaking. She touched the hearts of the doctors who cared for her and they referred her to Make-A-Wish. Maggie could have had any wish she wanted, but she immediately knew that she wanted a puppy. She felt that a puppy would kiss her no matter how puffy her cheeks were (from the medication she takes) and would be by her side despite how poorly she might be feeling that day.
Maggie did her own research, finding just the right breeder. Fortunately, they had just had a litter of puppies born. Unfortunately, the breeder was in Nebraska. Maggie, however, is one determined girl. She and her dad worked with Make-A-Wish to plan her adventure. Maggie’s dad works for the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP), and they were happy to help begin her trip. OSHP made Maggie feel special with an escort when she left her home the first morning of her trip. Once they arrived in Omaha, a limousine took her to the Beatrice Police Department, where Maggie met the breeder and her new puppy, Blitz. Beatrice is a small town, where everyone knows each other. The police department was a great meeting place, especially after officers escorted her into town. She was a special guest that day in Beatrice and her wish was covered by the local paper and television station.
Maggie’s trip also celebrated the fact that she has been out of the hospital for ten weeks straight. Wish trips help the wish child and the family try to forget about treatments and hospitals, at least for a short time. Maggie’s wish is special in that Blitz will be with her for a very long time. Her wish continues, as it includes obedience training and veterinarian costs for a year.
Maggie has already fallen in love with Blitz. He will grow up to be a strong dog who will be by her side every day. Blitz will give her the courage and strength to continue battling her illness and help her to look forward to the future. We are honored to have been able to make a difference in a young teenager’s life that truly emphasizes that wishes do matter!