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Kylie, Wishes Do Come True!

Kylie's mom, Tonya Kershner, and her principal, Julie Phelps, tell us about Kylie's Make A Wish Party at Brown Middle School Friday. Video: Pem McNerney
Kylie's mom, Tonya Kershner, and her principal, Julie Phelps, tell us about Kylie's Make A Wish Party at Brown Middle School Friday. Video: Pem McNerney


Kylie, a sixth-grader at Brown Middle School in Madison, CT, has been battling a life-threatening illness for three years. 

Those who know her will tell you she's done so with grace, fortitude, and without ever losing empathy for others. She's managed to impress her teachers at school with her conscientious attitude towards her schoolwork. She's often a leader among her peers, but in a way that does not call attention to herself, but rather puts the focus on others. 

And so those who knew her said they hoped she wouldn't mind Friday afternoon that a small school assembly was going to be all about her. Her family was there. Her friends from Team 6-2 were there. Her teachers and school principal were there. The school superintendent and members of the school board were there. All to see a wish come true. 

The Make-A-Wish Foundation, working on a tip that Kylie's secret wish was that she could someday swim with the dolphins in Hawaii on her birthday, hustled to pull together a big surprise for her birthday next week. 

That's right, thanks to the generosity of donors to Make-A-Wish, she will be going to Hawaii and swimming with the dolphins. She leaves with her family on Sunday. 

Enjoy, Kylie! And Happy Birthday!


Jim Braun January 17, 2014 at 09:42 PM
:-)
David Sacco January 18, 2014 at 07:25 AM
GOD Bless her and may she have a long Healthy Life !!!
Pem McNerney (Editor) January 18, 2014 at 09:08 AM
Thank you for your kind wishes, David. I will pass them on to Kylie and her family. I'm guessing they're packing up to go right now!
Donna Andrews January 20, 2014 at 12:49 PM
Very awesome!!! Miracles do happen and people on the Shoreline are wonderful people! We can personally attest to this.

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