Kansas City girl beats leukemia, makes her wish giving to charities in the metro
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KCTV) - Elaina Guerra spent Wednesday setting an example we can all learn from.
What would a typical 8-year-old girl wish for? A trip to Disney? Maybe a beach day or an ultimate backyard playhouse?
Elaina, a leukemia survivor, has bigger dreams, only she is the one making them come true.
Make-A-Wish is used to granting wishes focused on “to have/go/meet.”
“To give” is a unique request, but that’s what Elaina wants.
Susana Guerra, Elaina’s mother, said she was initially taken aback at her daughter’s wish. Father Nick Guerra chimed in:
“A really proud moment and, at the same time, like are you sure?” he said.
Elaina told Make-A-Wish that she had her health and family, everything she needed. So, she made a selfless wish.
“She kept saying ‘I just want to spread love, hope and faith,’” Susana recalled.
For months, people from across the Midwest made donations to meet a range of needs. And Elaina has arranged for those to be distributed among 15 charities in the Kansas City metro area.
“I just love helping people and, when I do it, it makes me happy,” she said.
Wednesday was a long time coming. Elaine made her first wish three years ago. Happy and healthy now, Elaina is waiting for her five-year mark in remission.
And her greater wish? To inspire others to give, not just today, but in life.
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