Making A Difference

Jun 27, 2013 8:34 PM

Making A Difference: Make-A-Wish Foundation

Nearly 200 Kentucky children with life-threatening illnesses are waiting to "make a wish." This weekend, you can help their dream come true at the 8th Annual Walk for Wishes event. The walk has already made a difference in the lives of a Cynthiana family and one lucky little girl, because from her first Make-a-Wish walk at Keeneland to her third this coming weekend, Tabby Murphy's health has made a complete turn around.

She was diagnosed in November 2009 with sever aplastic anemia, which means her bone marrow shut down and stopped making healthy cells. And while watching Tabby go through a risky bone marrow transplant and long recovery, mother Christina Wilson was able to connect with doctors and the Make-A-Wish foundation to give Tabby a dream vacation.

"You got to pick what you wanted to do and I picked Disney World, because it would be our first family trip/vacation," Tabby said.

Doctors gave the green light in April of last year and the family of seven traveled to Disney World at no cost.

"It was nice to see her acting like a kid and not sitting in a hospital bed attached to all kinds of different machines, and feeding tubes, and everything," Wilson said.

She says that trip made a huge difference for the whole family. That's why they'll continue to give back in the foundation's annual walk for wishes. It's being held at Keeneland this Saturday. Registration is at 9 a.m. and the 1-3 mile walk starts at 10 a.m. followed by food, games, and entertainment.

Tabby's team will be there donning their shirts and support for Tabby.

The foundation hopes to raise $35,000 in donations at the walk, however it is free to attend.


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