Sarah has jumped through hoops her whole life, almost as many as Aly. Aly, a beautiful mare, was strolling in the field at a farm a few miles down the road from Sarah. Sarah’s family didn’t have proper fencing and equipment to keep Aly at their home. This special 11-year old was diagnosed with a brain tumor right before her 11th birthday. Then had surgery quickly afterwards to remove it.
As Sarah was in her bed at home recovering, she only wanted one thing: to be able to see Aly every morning. “She’s pretty. She’s the best horse ever,” said Sarah. When Make-A-Wish® volunteers met with the family, Sarah immediately knew her one true wish.
“This has been very, very hands-on,” Beth, Sarah’s mother, said. “The volunteers have been out here every weekend for the last three weekends helping out and working. We could never have done it without them.” Volunteers worked hard to create a backyard fit for a stallion! Fencing, hay, a lean-to, and jumps were all part of the magical backyard transformation for Aly.
Upon finishing, volunteers organized a horse party to welcome Aly to her new home. Once doctors clear Sarah to ride, she’ll be riding in the pasture behind her home in Aly’s new digs. Sarah said, “Aly is finally home.”