Make-A-Wish grants Newport girl with dream trip to London

CUSI employees dressed as British Parliament while granting wish (Source: KAIT)
CUSI employees dressed as British Parliament while granting wish (Source: KAIT)
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Emilee and friends at wish granting (Source: KAIT)
Emilee and friends at wish granting (Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Newport girl is jetting off to London following her surprise Make-A-Wish reveal Friday.

Emilee, 12, is facing a critical condition; however, she gets to take her mind off of the illness.

She was caught off guard as she walked down a red carpet for her Make-A-Wish reveal as her friends and family were there to greet her.

Continental Utilities Solutions Incorporated in Jonesboro sponsored Emilee's wish to visit London.

CUSI employees dressed as the British Parliament and made a motion to grant Emilee's wish.

"We started last February raising money, it cost $8,000 to grant a wish," Calandra Short, CUSI office manager said. "We've been waiting to grant this wish. Tonight, we made a motion that Emilee's wish be granted and declared a proclamation. We had all kinds of English Tea tables set up with snacks, all kinds of things that fit the London theme."

Region 8 News spoke with Emilee and her family. They are at a loss for words.

"I am so thankful they did this," Emilee said. I just think it's exciting to finally be able to go and do this and do what I've always wanted to do."

"I'm so grateful that they have done it for her," her mother said. "I'm so thankful for everyone involved. This means so much to her and our family."

Emilee's wish reveal also included watching the Sandlot, which is her favorite movie.

She and her family will head to London in May.

"I'm going to do everything while I'm there," Emilee said. "I am so surprised."

Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with critical conditions and doctors diagnose a child with a critical condition every 20 minutes.

Make-A-Wish Mid-South works to grant wishes for more than 275 local children each year.

"We are honored to be able to be a part of Make-A-Wish because it is such a wonderful foundation to be able to make a difference in someone's life that has gone through so much and be able to bring so much joy to them at a time when they really need it," Angie Charette, CUSI implementation support specialist said. "It's a great feeling for us to be able to help with that."

If you or your business are interested in sponsoring a child's wish, you can learn more here.

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