The MakeAWish Foundation sent her to Disney World in Florida this weekend.
The Make A Wish Foundation grants wishes for children 2 1/2 to 18 years old who have a life-threatening illness. Zoe suffers from a brain tumor, which is the size of a walnut, said Connie Harper, “Wish Granter” for the foundation who notified Zoe of the trip.
Ms. Harper arranged a surprise for Zoe after a music program at the school.
Santa came out looking for her. Ms. Harper follow and asked Zoe a few questions about what she wished for.
“I poured the fairy dust in her hands. She closed her eyes tight, blew the fairy dust, and the school band director played When You Wish Upon a Star on his trumpet,” Ms. Harper said.
Fourteen girls then came from behind a curtain and each gave Zoe a hug. “Prince Charming” in a tuxedo gave Zoe a crown and tiara. Her favorite Ore City Rebel football player came in his uniform to give her a hug.
“She was so surprised!” Ms. Harper said. “When the song ended, I told Zoe her wish had been granted, and she was going to Disney World Saturday. She immediately grabbed the mic from me and said, ‘Mom, my wish has been granted.’ It was priceless.”
Ms. Harper had a lot of praise for Ore City schools.
“The coolest thing about this schoool is they have written more than 11,000 letters to Santa for the Macy’s Believe Campaign. Macy’s is donating a dollar a letter to the MakeAWish Foundation for each Santa letter turned in to them,” she said. “But tomorrow (Friday, Dec. 14) is National Believe Day, and they’re donating $2 a letter.
“So, in reality, this school has raised more than $22,000 for MakeAWish,” Ms. Harper said.
For more information about the foundation, go to MakeAWish.org.