RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — 8News is taking the lead by teaming up with Make-A-Wish Greater Virginia to help grant wishes for kids battling critical illnesses.
8News Anchor Katie Dupree sat down with a young cancer survivor whose wish was to go to Costa Rica.
Aida Poore was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia three years ago.
Poore says she was “sick sometimes … and some really bad shoulder pain and headaches.”
Those were just a few of the things that Poore and her family noticed were off with her health.
“The pediatrician ordered labs and we found out like two days later after we had the labs and were put into the hospital the next morning at children’s hospital here in Richmond,” Aida’s father, Blake, told 8News.
Aida, with her family by her side, spent three years in and out of hospitals battling leukemia.
“It became a process that we were immersed in and it was something that I think we as a family started walking through,” Aida’s dad explained.
When she was finally healthy enough, Aida was granted her wish through Make-A-Wish Greater Virginia.
“So I chose to go to Costa Rica,” Aida said. “The food was really good, and surfing was great. We saw some toucans and the trees were huge.”
Aida’s brother, Patrick, got to go on the trip, too.
“I had a really fun time zip lining and I’m a big-time surfer, so me getting to go to Costa Rica was like a dream come true.”
There are a lot of kids just like Aida in Central Virginia who still waiting for their wishes to be granted. The average wish costs $10,000.
“It’s very expensive to grant these wishes and the families … what they live through for months and months in hospitals, you know, just that little light of a wish really can change the kid’s perspective and the family’s perspective. Thank you, make a wish,” Aida’s dad told 8News.
You can help grant wishes to kids like Aida in Central Virginia. Tune in to donate money or unused airline miles on April 16 for the Wishes in Flight telethon on ABC-8.