Make a Wish in Pullman

Photo courtesy: Colleen Welter

“All the money will help kids with a life threatening disease maybe get a wish,” said nine-year old Shay Connell.

It’s been two weeks since the Make A Wish fundraiser, and donations are still coming in.

The $2,700 and counting will go towards a make wish in Washington or Alaska.

“When you have a life threatening disease you’re in hospitals, doctor’s offices needles all the time really and you don’t have a normal child life really so it’s fun to get a wish and forget about all that even though,” said Shay.

Shay knows this reality all too well.

At age 9 she’s spent 150 days in the hospital and had four open heart surgeries to try and mend a congenital heart defect.

Shay got her wish last year to meet Descendants movie star Dove Cameron and go to Disneyland.

“Just being with her was really fun so I think that was my favorite part,” said Shay.

Shay technically only has half a heart but some might say hers is bigger than most.

Shay’s parents are in awe of their daughters’ selflessness.

“She did a blood drive earlier this year because she knows that she benefited from other blood products she wants to help others because she knows others have helped her,” said father Mike Connell.

“To see people come together to support a cause like this it’s just amazing it’s really special and we hope to do it every year,” said mother Colleen Welter.

Shay’s defect will stay with her for the rest of her life but so will her Make A Wish Memories and willingness to help others.

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