Make-A-Wish Foundation helps local 5-year-old’s dream come true
ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - A big surprise for an extra special girl as 5-year-old Iris of Rockford gets one of her wishes granted without even leaving her backyard.
Iris was diagnosed with rare disease affecting her gastrointestinal system in 2015. This condition is one of more than 150 critical illnesses that qualify a child for Make-A-Wish. Her condition affects her immune system and limits her physical activity.
Iris’s original wish of going to Disney World could not be granted because of the coronavirus pandemic. So instead, Iris wished for a playset so that she could enjoy being outside with her siblings. On Wednesday, that wish was granted - and then some.
She was also treated to a car parade featuring Make-A-Wish Volunteers, officers from the Rockford Police Department, Illinois State Police and the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office.
Iris’s family said they were all very surprised.
“It’s truly amazing to see the community come together and support this young girl who couldn’t unfortunately get the original wish granted. It’s just an amazing experience being able to support her and getting her wish granted,” said Volunteer Make-A-Wish wish granter, Jessica Hayes.
“We love it, it’s really nice, it’s more than we thought we would get, it’s awesome," said Iris' family.
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