Make A Wish-Bridget's story

Wishes Take Flight: Girl with leukemia chasing her dream

KVUE is teaming up with the Make A Wish Foundation for their Wishes Take Flight campaign, a special day of giving.

The organization grants wishes to children between 2 and a half and 18 years old, who are suffering a life-threatening medical condition. It needs your help to continue that mission.

In this story, we're introducing you to one of the kids who is having their wish granted.

With the help of a crutch, 12-year-old Bridget Smith makes her way through the halls of Bastrop Middle School.

Bridget fought hard to be here. She was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in August 2014.

"Cancer was tough, the first time you hear about it it's like oh my gosh, what the heck is going on?" she said.

That's a question Bridget's mother Shannon asked herself as well, as her daughter underwent chemo and had to give up doing what she loved.

"She was pulled from dancing, she was pulled from softball, she can't run for another year or two," Shannon said.

While she struggled through life-saving treatment at Dell Childrens Medical Center, Bridget says through it all, she tried hard to keep a smile on her face so her parents and twin sister wouldn't fall apart.

"They were terrified, I was terrified, we were all terrified," she said. "I kept thinking I've gotta be happy for them, I have to make them feel alright no matter how tough it is, no matter how sick I feel, I have to make them feel ok."

Recently Make A Wish of Central and South Texas granted Bridget's request. It is sending her and her family on a week long-vacation to the Atlantis resort.

"That combined everything that I kind of wanted to do was Atlantis, because I love animals, I love sea animals, I want to be a marine biologist," Bridget said.

For Shannon, being given this gift means a week of no worries, and having something to look forward to is beneficial to the entire family.

"We all have like this PTSD almost from it and we get this chance to just, the four of us, just to go away and be with Bridget and watch her enjoy everything she wants to do and it's going to be great," Shannon said.

"Until you experience it and what they do you don't really realize how much they take on with this I mean like I said they are literally paying for everything for us," Shannon said. "There is no stress."

It's going to be the trip of a lifetime, made possible by generous Central Texans. Bridget hopes many more children with life-threatening medical conditions can have the same experience.

"They give them this wish so they could do something they really want to do that they might not be able to do in their lifetime," Bridget said. "It makes them happy in a time of need."

The average cost to grant a wish is $7,500. Money raised locally stays local to help the children in our own community.

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