Making wishes come true

Adam Primm of Hastings asked Jayden Nelson about her wish, and the 5-year-old’s face brightened.

Jayden wants to go to Disney World and have a sleepover with one of the princesses. Last week, she wanted it to be with Cinderella, but this week it was Ariel.

Primm noted the change. He is helping collect a list of Jayden’s favorite things for Make-A-Wish Nebraska. He and Cindy Sigler are wish volunteers for Jayden’s case.

They meet with the child and family. They ask about the child’s favorite color and what he or she likes to eat. They find out what the child’s wish would be and then relay that information to others who can organize the wish.

“It’s a huge group effort,” Primm said.

Doctors diagnosed Jayden with Hodgkin’s lymphoma at age 3. After two years of treatment, the disease has gone into remission.

Primm said there is a misconception that Make-A-Wish only works with terminally ill children. The group also helps grant wishes to children recovering from a life-threatening disease.
“With children in remission, it’s more of a celebration,” he said. “It’s cool to be a part of a program like that. There are tons of kids who need help right here in Hastings.”

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