Hi, my name is Anna Zobrist and I am a Make a Wish child. When I was born I turned blue in the nursery when I was 12 hours old and was immediately sent to Cardinal Glennon Hospital. They discovered I was missing my right valve, my aorta was separated, and I had a hole in my heart. I had open heart surgery when I was 3 days old to repair my heart so it would function properly.
When I was 4 and 12 years old I again had to have surgery to replace the valve that was given to me. It does not grow with me because it was not mine originally. Blockage forms and the blood can not flow through my heart properly. Each time this happened I had the valve replaced. Hopefully this valve will give me about 10 to 15 years or maybe they will invent something that will fix it permanently, that’s what I’m hoping for.
I had my wish granted when I was 4 years old. I wished to go to Disney World and meet the princesses and also Mickey and Minnie and all the rest of the Disney characters. The favorite part of my wish was when I met Cinderella in her castle and sat with her on her throne. I had so much fun playing at the Give Kids the World Village where we stayed, and riding the Merry Go Round with Mickey and Minnie was one of the highlights that I remember. I didn’t want to leave and being only 4 I kinda threw a little fit when it was time. It was such a magical time that in my mind I thought I could stay there always. Then we left and it was back to the real world and back to doctor visits and everything that goes along with it.
Make A Wish has always made me feel like a Princess, but during that week I was truly in a princess fog. From getting picked up in a limo and all of the special treatment we received during our stay we could not have been treated more like VIP’s. Only someone that has had to live with illness their entire life can understand how this, for a short time, gave me the opportunity to feel like a normal kid. A normal life is what I truly wish for and Make A Wish, for a time, made that happen.
I would like to thank Make A Wish for everything they have done for me and all the other kids that have life threatening illnesses. You do not know how wonderful it feels for someone to come to you and ask “If you could have one thing that you truly wish for what is it?” When you are going through a rough time and all the hospital people are telling you what will happen and then to have these wonderful people make my dream come true is unbelievable.
I would like to thank Amy and Sue, who are my wish granters, for being the generous ladies they are and giving up their spare time to make sure that my wish was an unforgettable experience.