Eight-year-old bookworm Sadie Aird is set to receive the wish of a lifetime thanks to the Barossa branch of Make-A-Wish.
Sadie, who gets through five books a week, has wished for an everlasting supply of books to take her to magical places.
Last October, Sadie was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, and her mum Mel said books helped her escape from real life.
“Sadie’s not in the hospital room anymore when she’s reading a book – she’s not sore or achy or worried about something. She’s in a whole other world when she reads,” Mel said.
Barossa branch volunteer and team leader Amanda Noack said a wish makes a miraculous difference to children like Sadie.
“Reading has been Sadie’s escape throughout treatment and she gets completely absorbed in books and her favourite characters,” Amanda said.
“Her wish will give her the strength and resilience she needs to keep fighting her illness.
“We have Sadie’s starter wishlist of books, and we’ll be seeking book suggestions as we’d like her to have books to read now, through her teens, and to keep as an adult.”
The Barossa team is currently working alongside local schools, quilting groups and the Barossa Public Library to ensure the wish is as unique as Sadie herself.
With over 640 children waiting for their wish to come true, people can help grant the incredible healing power of a wish this festive season.
For more information or to donate, visit makeawish.org.au/sadies-wish.