Leachville child granted wish

Friday, April 5, 2002

Connor Miller of Leachville was granted a wish by the Make-A-Wish Foundation recently. He chose to take a trip to Disney World in Orlando, Fla.

Connor's family was contacted by Connor's physician, Dr. Jane Sneed, in late December last year. Dr. Sneed told his parents that she had been contacted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. A representative of Make-A-Wish asked Dr. Sneed to recommend one of her patients to receive a wish.

The stipulations for receiving a wish are: the child must have a life-threatening illness; the child must not have been granted a wish before; and the child must verbalize his/her wish to the Make-A-Wish representative himself.

Connor has a rare genetic disease called Gaucher Disease. Connor was born without the enzyme that breaks down glucose in the body. This causes glucose to store up in the body's organs, such as the liver, spleen, and bone marrow. Connor has Type 3, which means that glucose also accumulates in his brain. He receives an artificial enzyme twice a month through a surgically implanted port in his chest.

Connor's parents, Gordon and Missi Miller, discussed it and decided they would allow Connor to be granted a wish. Two representatives of the foundation came to the Miller home in mid-January. They asked Connor what he wished for and he told them he wanted to go to Disney World. The Make-A-Wish Foundation granted his wish and told Connor that his brother, Caleb, and sister, Jordon, could go along too.

The trip was set for the first week in February. Connor's trip included a visit to Disney World, Sea World and Universal Studios. The family stayed at a 51-acre resort called "Give Kids the World." This resort is only for families with children that have disabilities and life threatening illnesses.

"Connor and his brother and sister were given the royal treatment everywhere they went. This was wonderful for Connor because he had a week that he didn't have to think about doctors, nurses, or needles. What made it even more special was the fact that Jordon and Caleb were also treated in such a special way. Sometimes they feel left out because we have to give Connor so much attention," Mrs. Miller said.

The family enjoyed the trip tremendously and said that they would like to encourage anyone who is able to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

"They grant so many wishes to kids who have such a rough way to go because of their illnesses and disabilities," Mrs. Miller said.

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