Wish granted for Jessamine County child
Published 2:10 pm Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Abigail Marion and her family will go on an all expenses paid trip to Disney World this month thanks to the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
Abigail who has spent most of her life in the hospital, said she can’t wait to get in the pool and see Elsa and Olaf from the Disney movie “Frozen.”
In 2015, Abigail was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a form of childhood cancer, according to a Jessamine Journal story published in June.
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Looking at Abigail, who wiggled in her chair for a picture at J’s Place on Tuesday, one wouldn’t know she has dealt with so much at such a young age.
“When she lost her hair, she thought she was a boy,” Abigail’s mother, Alex Marion, said. “She has just got to the point where her hair has started to grow back, and she can wear bows. That has given some of her confidence back.”
Abigail will have scans on Sept. 22 to make sure she is ready to go to Disney World.
“Our social worker at the UK Children’s Hospital actually took care of everything for Make-a-Wish.” Alex said. “When the social worker first brought the idea of Make-a-Wish up, I thought it was only for children who only had a short amount of time left. So I said, ‘we aren’t interested.’ Only after our social worker told me it was for children who have overcome amazing obstacles did I agree.”
After the social worker referred Abigail to Make-a-Wish, and all the paperwork was completed, the only thing left was the phone interview with the foundation.
“I sometimes say Abigail is stronger than me,” Alex said. “After she has something done, like a shot, you would never have known five minutes after the fact because of her strength.”
Abigail is the middle child of her family and her younger brother, Christian, and her older sister, Madilyn, will also be joining her on the trip.
“The foundation will even be giving us money for souvenirs,” Alex said. “Which I thought was just amazing.”
The Marions will stay at a place called Give Kids the World, which is a place for kids who have disabilities or life-threatening conditions.
“It’s a huge resort, and everything is paid for,” Alex said. “They have ice-cream parlors, a water park and everything you could ever imagine. We were told that some people don’t even leave that place because its that much fun.”