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Sage wishes to pet animals

Sage with zebras

“ It was emotional and overwhelming to see and feel the joy verses the fear we all had exactly a year earlier. ”

- Wish parents, Scott and Kelley

Sage loves animals – especially zebras. When it came time for her to share what her most heartfelt wish was, everyone smiled as she wished to pet animals. San Diego was a perfect place for Sage to travel to have her wish granted.

Her first animal adventure stop was the famous San Diego Zoo. The zoo has over 4,000 animals, and when Sage arrived she was surprised with a VIP tour of the zoo. On this behind the scenes tour Sage went beyond the ropes of the zoo. She was able to meet the animals up close and personal. Sage spent the whole day meeting and feeding different animals including a zebra!

Sage was even able to celebrate her birthday while on her wish trip. On her birthday she visited Nurtured by Nature where she was able to have individual experiences with animals. Sage held an African crested porcupine and several other animals while she was there. Nurtured by Nature showed Sage what natural habitats for the animals look like and took the opportunity to teach Sage about the animals that she loves so much. Sage birthday cake

When Sage arrived back at the hotel from her day full with her new furry friends, she celebrated her birthday with a big chocolate cake. Her mom reflects on that day and shares, “Sage loves animals and Make-A-Wish gave her every opportunity to experience all kinds of them. Her birthday was also very special – having a cake delivered to the room waiting for her! Being so young, I believe it is difficult to comprehend what her third year of life was like. As her parents, it was emotional and overwhelming to see and feel the joy verses the fear we all had exactly a year earlier.”
The intimate time with our family and the animals was priceless. We did not have to rush anywhere. We were able to slow down and enjoy. ”

— Wish mom, Kelley

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Deidre Hillman

This is my cousin and her family. I've been involved as much as I can through Sage's journey. Stories like this continue to inspire me and remind me why I am a volunteer with MAW!

August 06, 2015 - 9:24 AM

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