Granting wishes

By Elise Roberts - bio | email

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Another South Mississippi child got a wish granted. Saturday, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Mississippi and some Keesler airmen teamed up to help Kaitlyn Snell.

"We've come to realize that she is a blessing, that she is such a gift. And she is such a good baby," said Kaitlyn's mother Theresa.

The toddler is battling a number of life threatening medical conditions that keep her from walking and talking like other children her age.

"When we finally did get a diagnosis, it was a shock because we never heard of some of the things that she has," said Theresa Snell.

Thanks to a group of volunteers, this toddler may soon find it easier to fight off those diseases in hopes of living a long healthy life.

"We do it to bring them hope, strength and joy," said Shellie Moses with Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Moses was instrumental in gathering a number of Keesler airmen to help build a playground for Kaitlyn.

Employees from the United States Marine Inc. also donated money and time to help build the new playground.

"She's going to have the strength to be able to develop and come back and make a difference in everybody's lives," said Moses

Kaitlyn's father says he is thankful that his fellow airmen donated their time to make a difference in his daughter's life.

"We went from a little bitty playground to this. So it will be good for her therapy and everything, and hopefully it will help her," said James.

The playground will help with the toddler's occupational therapy. For more information on Make-A-Wish Foundation or to volunteer, call 228-575-8691.

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