Make-A-Wish fulfills ‘she shed’ request for Mobile Co. girl (WPMI)
MOBILE, Ala (WPMI) — A deserving Mobile County girl’s wish is being granted. Five-year-old Abby Lane, who has Down Syndrome, has bravely battled leukemia. On Tuesday, Make-A-Wish Alabama surprised Abby with her request: a she shed. Abby appeared shocked at the site of all the strangers in her backyard standing by her fabulous new she shed.
“She’ll probably stay out here all day,” said Abby’s mom Leah Lane.
Leah says it means a lot because Abby has faced so many challenges.
“She had acute lymphoblastic lymphoma ALL. She had to go through all kinds of just constant chemo,” said Leah.
Leah says Abby’s now in remission and can spend less of her time at the hospital and more of it in her private space that’s the female equivalent to a man cave. Abby’s has a tent, a swing and sensory toys.
“She specifically wanted a she shed,” said Make-A-Wish Alabama Development Director Christina Gilliam. “She’s one of the first that’s actually called it a she shed, which is like her own little place to go.”
Gilliam says heavily discounted services Graceland Portable Buildings and Brannan Builders offered along with their generous volunteers helped make it all happen.
“They painted a rainbow for this little girl, which is amazing. A bunch of men in there painting a rainbow. And then they also put it all together and then brought it here, which is so kind,” said Gilliam.
A kind and thoughtful gesture they hope will bring Abby much needed joy.
“Because a lot of these kids, they don’t get a normal childhood. They have to be in the hospital a lot,” said Gilliam “We make them feel special by saying okay, you get one true wish.”
Gilliam says in the past year Make-A-Wish has granted 110 wishes in Alabama, but there are 250 kids in the state on a waiting list. To learn more about how you can help donate or volunteer your services: https://wish.org/alabama