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Kionna's Day as a Cowgirl

Kionna Day Kristin Benton Photography

“ Kionna wished to be a cowgirl and save the day! ”

Six-year-old Kionna was inspired to wish to be a cowgirl by her favorite television show, Sheriff Callie’s Wild West on Disney Junior. Kionna loves the show because Sheriff Callie “always saves the day.”

While on her wish, Kionna wanted to ride a white horse, lasso a magic treasure chest and hold live animals, including a chicken. She was diagnosed with Wilm’s tumor, a rare form of kidney cancer, but is currently in remission.

Her wish came true at Heaven’s Gate Farm in Monroe, Ga. The facility and almost all other aspects of the wish were donated in-kind to Make-A-Wish Georgia by the local community who rallied to make Kionna’s wish come true.

Before she arrived, Kionna was given her own Sheriff Callie costume, complete with pink vest, pink bandana and a pink cowgirl hat. The first thing that Kionna wanted to do when she arrived at the farm was ride the white horse.

In fact, she wanted to continue riding the horse in between all of the other cowgirl-related activities planned throughout the day. These activities included horseshoe decorating, horseback riding demonstrations and a BBQ lunch.

After all of this, a lasso expert helped teach Kionna how to lasso a magic treasure chest. Inside of the chest were all sorts of cowgirl goodies, including a Sheriff Callie doll.

There was also a special appearance by the Walton County Sheriff’s Department. The officers named Kionna an honorary deputy for the day and presented her with her own badge. She even got to ride in their squad car and sound the siren!

Nine members of Callie’s family were present for the special wish experience, including her grandmother, great-grandmother, siblings and cousins. Several dozen members of the Monroe community also turned out to make the day even more special.

For a young cowgirl like Kionna, this was certainly a wish come true!

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