Photo: Make-A-Wish Charity Recipient Asks to Volunteer at Mexican Orphanage
At just 10 years old, Isabella Tonn of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, made a tear-jerking request when approached by the Make-A-Wish foundation. She asked that the foundation help her help others.
Isabella is recovering from NLP Hodgkins lymphoma, a rare blood cancer affecting the lymph nodes, and was told by the Make-A-Wish foundation she could pick anything that would bring her happiness. While some have asked for trips to walt Disney World or meetings with their favorite celebrities to bring them a smile after their hardships, Isabella was different.
Isabella and her family are currently collecting and packing clothes, toys, and other supplies to prepare for their trip to an orphanage in Vicente Guerrero in a couple weeks.
When asked why she chose this as her wish, Isabella told the Canadian Press she just wants to help people and make them feel loved.
Make-A-Wish spokesperson Amber benders said, “The whole point of a wish is for the child to pick what would give them ultimate happiness, hope, strength and joy. For Isabella, that’s volunteering at an orphanage and we think that’s amazing.”
Isabella’s grandparents and an uncle were reportedly so moved by her wish that they have decided to pay their own way and join Isabella, her little sister, and her parents in Mexico.
When their daughter got sick, Ryan and Sheila Tonn put their plans to adopt an orphan from a foreign country on hold. However, they say the adoption process has been restarted.