The state chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation www.wish.org says the number of children asking for help is growing by leaps and bounds especially here in South Mississippi. The organization will soon open a new office here on the coast hoping to fulfill the dreams of more children in less time. Connie Trice and nine year old Star Enos have a reason to smile. Star's wish was the 113th to come true this year. Trice, a nurse, says before Make-A-Wish came along there wasn't much help available for children who were sick or disabled.
Trice said "We can't really do a lot physically sometimes but if we make them happy so they have something to live for and look forward to like little Star."
Star has cerebral palsy and has little control of her motor skills. Star's mother says she asked for a hot tub to help her relax her muscles.but it's wasn't' a wish the family couldn't fulfill on their own.
"The people on the coast are wonderful," said Casey Traxler, of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. "They do not say no which is a wonderful thing when work with a non profit organization. That's when we're really looking forward to getting more people on board with Make A Wish."
A & A Fence Company in Gulfport got on board. Workers built a fence to go around the new hot tub which was donated by a Jackson company
Star's mother Joan Enos said "We sure do appreciate it because it's something that's gonna help her and that's what we really look forward to."
The office is expected to open in the next two month. Right now officials are having to drive down from Jackson three to four times a month granting wishes. They say having a liaison would help them tap into the financial and volunteer resources available here.