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Jul 30, 2019

Atma's wish to ride a horse on the beach in a white dress

Imagination is powerful. It inspires, renews and entertains. And is the beginning of the Make-A-Wish journey.
Atma’s medical journey began October of 2017 when she started experiencing consistent shortness of breath and coughing. Her parents took her to urgent care suspecting asthma, but a chest X-ray revealed that her right lung was partially collapsed. They headed to the ER where doctors initially thought she had pneumonia. Instead, CT scan results showed that Atma had a tumor in her chest with fluid building up around both the lung and the heart. A bone marrow biopsy revealed that Atma had T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

Every time 7-year-old Atma would get in the saddle at horse therapy, she let her imagination run wild. She dreamed of dressing up in a pretty white wedding dress and riding a horse in the sand to a picnic dinner on the beach. She imagined the feeling of the wind in her hair, slowly growing back after chemotherapy and an unimaginable battle with leukemia. 

At the beginning of the year, Atma’s wish came true. With her parents and her best friend, Ophelia, she traveled to the beautiful and warm beaches of Hawaii for the experience of a lifetime. Nervous at first, Atma was gently reassured by her family. She put on the vintage lace "wedding dress" she'd picked out at home to wear for the occasion. And, soon, as she settled into the saddle, her imagination became reality, letting her know that anything is possible.

When the impossible becomes possible once, it enables kids to believe that other seemingly impossible things in their life can come true – like beating cancer. In Atma’s case, the impossible became possible twice - most recent tests show that she is cancer free!  

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