Madeline is just like any other eight-year-old girl. She loves the color pink and participating in her favorite sport: gymnastics. However, sometimes Madeline’s health can get in the way.
Madeline is battling cystic fibrosis, which makes it difficult for her to breathe. "Her body basically, in a nutshell, produces mucus that is thicker than ours," Madeline's mother Trish told CBS 4. This can often keep her from doing the things she loves. So when approached by Make-A-Wish about what she wanted most, Madeline’s wish was straightforward: to have a gymnastics room built in her house!
On the day of her wish, Make-A-Wish surprised Madeline and picked her up after school in a stylish pink limousine. Once she arrived home, she was able to finally see the results of her wish. Thanks to the tireless efforts of USA Gymnastics and the Make-A-Wish team, Madeline has her very own gymnastics room, complete with a tumble mat and gymnastics bar.
But that wasn’t all. Madeline also received six months of gymnastics classes from Westside Gymnastics, as well as several new pairs of shoes and leotards. It didn’t take long for Madeline to choose her leotard. “I like the pink one!” she exclaimed when she saw it.
While gymnastics will offer Madeline a fun activity for her to do with her friends, the room could also help her cope with her medical condition. “Sometimes it is harder for her to breathe,” Madeline’s mom Trish shared. “Any physical activity is good for a lung condition like that.”
Trish was overjoyed watching her daughter’s wish come true. "To see her jumping and playing, especially with a lung condition, is huge deal for her. Thank you! It is a total honor and huge deal,” she told Make-A-Wish.
With Madeline’s new gymnastics room, she’s sure to be able to stretch, tumble, and leap for years to come.