After waiting nearly nine months, the Make A Wish Foundation, along with several community businesses, helped Kimberly McCormick’s dreams come true. She was given the gift of her very own greenhouse.
“It was insane, I can’t even describe it,” Kimberly said. Her face and eyes lit up when her parents removed her mask to reveal her very own greenhouse. Overcome by emotions, Kimberly’s eyes filled up with tears as her parents hugged her and she mouthed, “Wow.”
Community members, family, and representatives of the Make A Wish Foundation were all there cheering and holding posters and banners. Getting to this moment was not an easy journey for the McCormick family. A little over a year ago, their little girl was diagnosed with Burkitt Lymphoma, a rare, aggressive, and fast-moving cancer. Kimberly was rushed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, where she and her mother would spend the next six months.
She spent most of that time in bed, undergoing rounds of chemotherapy and three major operations. But one thing was always on her mind. “She’s always loved planting, while she was in the hospital she would draw and color plants,” her father John McCormick said. Kimberly has had a passion for planting since before she could talk.
“It’s something that I’ve always been interested in, I never really liked going to the store to buy fruits and vegetables because it tastes so much better when you grow it, so I’ve always just done that.”
When Kimberly had her Wish Discovery Visit with the foundation, Tracy Smith, CEO of Make A Wish Alabama said it was clear as day as to what her wish was.
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