MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) — The Make-A-Wish Foundation has granted a Mankato teen her wish for a bedroom makeover.
Make-A-Wish serves to create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Children are referred to the organization by those close to them such as a doctor, parent, or other family members that are familiar with the child’s medical condition.
“It’s very important because these kids go through — they go through chemotherapy, radiation. Some kids have different illnesses, and it’s just a nice foundation that provides some hope for kids during their illnesses,” said Stacey Williams, Tabitha’s mother.
Fifteen-year-old Tabitha Valenzuela has been diagnosed with Optic Pathway Glioma, which is a brain tumor, and has had six rounds of chemotherapy so far. When Make-A-Wish heard of her request for a bedroom makeover, they teamed up with Rooms and Rest in Mankato, who provided Tabitha with a new mattress, bed frame, dresser, lamps and more.
“It’s wonderful. Obviously, everything is important right now about keeping it local, and so the ability to have a local company provide for her wish has been great. We very much appreciate that, and for them working with us to make this such a special day for Tabitha,” added Williams.
Make-A-Wish is supported by donors and volunteers. The foundation grants the wish of every single applicant who meets the eligibility requirements.