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Ascend Cares Foundation grants a wish for Magic Moments child

A 10-year-old girl with a rare type of cancer asked for magic – Magic Kingdom, that is.

The Ascend Cares Foundation and Magic Moments have granted that wish for Savannah in Alabama. Savannah was diagnosed with Burkitt’s Lymphoma, a highly aggressive form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. With the support of both organizations, Savannah and her family will be sent to Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Magic Moments is the only wish granting organization dedicated exclusively to children in Alabama with chronic life-threatening medical conditions. This is the third time Ascend Cares and Magic Moments have partnered to grant a wish for a child.

“Children’s health and safety is one of our foundation’s pillars of focus,” said Rachell Gold, executive director of Ascend Cares. “We are grateful we can play a small role in making Savannah’s wish come true.”

Ascend Cares surprised Savannah at Ascend’s Decatur site as a part of the company’s Global Day of Caring, an annual volunteer event where employees from around the world give back to their communities.  

“A magic moment allows children and their families to forget, even if just for a little while, the fear and pain of their illness,” said Sandy Naramore, executive director of Magic Moments. “Savannah is an incredible fighter while battling this disease. She’s been through so much, and we are excited to grant her this wish.”

The event was organized by Leigha Diamond, who leads the Ascend Cares committee in Decatur. The trip is anticipated to take place later this year.