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18-year-old in Indio living with Cystic Fibrosis gets wish granted by Make-A-Wish foundation

A special wish came true on Tuesday for a very special girl in Indio with a love for storytelling.

“I want to show kids that they can be anything they want to be and not let their condition get in the way," Alana said.

18-year-old Alana is living with cystic fibrosis.

“It affects the lungs, my kidneys and my liver and just my stomach in general. When I was growing up I never really understood what it meant to have a condition but going through the years, going through school, in middle school, I was bullied quite a bit and it kind of just shut me out and made me hate my condition," she shared.

Her wish is to have filming and YouTube equipment so she can share her story and encourage others living with a medical condition.

The Make-A-Wish foundation is granting her wish today and it's just in time for ‘World Wish Day’ which is on Thursday, April 29. That day marks the first day that a wish was granted by Make-A-Wish in 1980.

“We’re really really excited to grant Alana’s wish for YouTube equipment," the President of the Make-A-Wish Foundation Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties chapter, Gloria Jetter Crockett said. "You know she’s asking for something so that’s one of our wishes is to have but in all actuality, she is giving back so she’s also giving," she added.

“I’m just blown away," Alana said. "I’m beyond grateful first of all. I just want to say thank you to all everyone who donates to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the people here. I’m just blown away and beyond grateful. I couldn’t ask for anything more," she said.

Alana's wish is the 7,382 wish granted by the Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties chapter.

“I’m excited for people to see me for who I am," Alana said. "I never got to show that part of me in school so I’m just excited for pretty much the whole world to see who I am," she added.

Be sure to keep an eye out for her first YouTube video on her channel “Alana Lovelee.”

To learn more about the Make-A-Wish foundation visit: https://wish.org/

Caitlin Thropay

Caitlin Thropay is the Weekend Morning Anchor and Lifestyle Reporter for KESQ News Channel 3, The Desert’s News Leader. Learn more about Caitlin here.

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