Ten-year-old Allison loves adventure and the great outdoors. Growing up, her mother told her stories about a ranch in Colorado where she used to work. These exciting tales made Allison eager to go on a western journey of her own.
Since being diagnosed with leukemia, Allison has spent much of her time enduring doctor’s appointments and medical procedures, a far stretch from the wide open range she dreamed of. Her condition presented a large obstacle, but Allison is just a tough as any cowboy and continued to believe her wish would one day become a reality.
Enter wish granters. Allison made one heartfelt wish on the day she found out her wish was coming true, and it was just as though she had struck gold. Allison could not wait to travel to the Lost Valley Ranch and enjoy a fun-filled week with her family.
On a warm July day, Allison, her three siblings, and her parents said goodbye to Indiana and hello (or should we say “Howdy!”) to beautiful Colorado. As the pavement ended and they approached the ranch, the family took in the wildlife, the fresh mountain air, and the tranquility of their new surroundings. However, the relaxing pace didn't last long! Soon after their arrival, Allison and her family jumped into a whirlwind of authentic western activities.
Allison picked out her own trusty steed for the week, which she rode on daily horseback riding trips. She and her family also went on several hiking excursions to enjoy the beautiful scenery, watched a Wrangler’s Rodeo and even learned to square-dance! “It was so restoring and renewing for Lance and me, and the kids as well,” said Allison’s mom. “We laughed hard, got great exercise, breathed fresh air, and pondered God’s greatness from the tops of mountains where we could see miles and miles.”
The family’s trip to Lost Valley gave them a break from the stress of their everyday lives and a chance to experience the hope, strength, and joy of a wish come true.
When it was finally time for Allison and her family to return home, they left the ranch with dirt under their nails, cowboy hats on their heads, and memories that would last a lifetime.