Make-A-Wish Foundation brings hope to young cancer patient

John Stegeman Sports Editor

August 25, 2012


PDT Staff Writer

A Wish Celebration Party was held Saturday for 4-year-old Honorary Wish Child Bridget Johnson of Portsmouth, who had to undergo a heart transplant and is now battling cancer. The event was sponsored by the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana.

Family, friends, and volunteers from the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana gathered to celebrate with Johnson who saw her wish of having a her own play set equipped with swings, a tunnel, and sliding board in her own back yard come true.

Make-A-Wish of Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana was founded in 1983, and grants the wishes of children between the ages of 2 1/2 and 18 who currently have a life-threatening medical condition that can be defined as malignant, degenerative, or progressive.

Bridget qualified to become of a recipient of the Make-A-Wish Foundation because of her medical history. She was born with three congenital heart defects, has had a heart transplant and is presently dealing with cancer.

Patricia Dyer, Bridget’s grandmother and legal guardian said that Bridget’s medical challenges do not hinder her from enjoying the typical life of a girl her age.

“Her diagnosis is terminal, but this child is far from terminal. She’s spunky, rotten, your typical four-and-half-year old tomboy. She goes to school, we do not keep her in a bubble. She is here to live, and that is exactly what we want her to do,” Dyer said.

The joy of having her wish granted was apparent through Bridget’s smile and laughter as she played with her siblings and friends on the play set.

Keri Finley- Bevis, and her husband Steve Bevis are the two volunteers from the Make-A-Wish Foundation who coordinated the granting of Bridget’s wish and Celebration Wish Party.

Keri and her husband Steve have been volunteers for the foundation since February of this year. This was their first event and both expressed that they were pleased with the outcome.

“I am just so grateful to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, to Bridget’s donors, her teacher, and everyone who has helped us,” Dyer said.

For more information, visit makeawishohio.org wishwalkers.org, BIGwishgala.org and studentsforwishkids.org.

For information on how to become a Wish-Granting Volunteer, contact Tiffany Herron at 1-877-206-9474 or tiffanyh@makeawishohio.org.

Portia Williams may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 234 or portiawilliams@heartlandpublications.com