While 6-year-old Abigail
might not be able to articulate her wish verbally, her loving parents and two sisters know how much she loves being in the water. Diagnosed with encephalopathy and pediatric neurotransmitter disorder, Abigail, according to her family, is her most vocal whenever she is in that refreshing element. Her family helped express their daughter’s wish for a swimming pool to bring her the pure joy of immersing herself in cooling water during the steamy summer months.
Together with the helping hands of community members James from Jaco Plumbing; “officer Tony” and his colleagues from the Port Washington Fire Department; and members of the Port Washington Water District, the Make-A-Wish Foundation granted Abigail’s wish to have a backyard swimming pool of her very own! And it’s the perfect pool for Abigail, with steps to make it easier for her parents to take her in and out.
Now this young lady is “happy as a clam,” her mom Louise shares as she explains the huge difference Abigail’s wish has made in her life. Louise continues, “she now easily falls asleep at the end of each day and sleeps through the night since she’s so relaxed and happy about her pool.” Spending time in the water has also helped Abigail tremendously in her physical therapy after a recent hip surgery. And perhaps most importantly, the pool provides a wonderful shared activity for Abigail to enjoy with her two sisters Courtney (age eight) and Jessica (age three) - delighted giggles can be heard throughout their home!
Wish-granting volunteers: Veronica McKnight & Robin Bazhdari