Imagine having your dearest wish come true.
It’s the least that can be done for a child who has faced down serious illness, and that’s the philosophy behind foundations like Make-A-Wish Canada. Kids typically ask for a Disney cruise, or a celebrity encounter. Not Isabella Tonn. When it came to expressing the wish closest to her heart, the 10-year-old cancer survivor from Edmonton, Alberta, confided that she desperately wanted to cuddle baby orphans.
Thanks to Make-A-Wish, her dream will come true. This month Isabella is travelling to Mexico with her family, where they will visit an orphanage, donate clothes and toys collected in Canada, and, yes, give out lots of hugs to babies.
Happily, Isabella’s surgery has been successful and she is expected to enjoy good health. And the girl who loves orphans will soon become big sister to a set of toddler twins from Haiti. Little do these wee ones know that they are set to join a family with extra-big hearts.