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Alexis Gets a Companion Dog

Alexis Mendoza

“ Just pure happiness. It’s something she talked about, but when it happened she was shocked and did not know what to do. ”


- Alexis' mom

  • Alexis , 6

    • Wilm's tumor
    • To have a companion dog

Moments become Memories

Moments in your life become memories that will never be forgotten, especially when you have a companion to give you strength and share those times with you. There’s something about a bond between children and animals that is truly immeasurable.

Six-year-old Alexis has Wilms’ tumor, a rare tumor that affects the kidneys primarily found in young children.

Alexis constantly had to battle against her life-threatening medical condition, and one reason she was able to successfully do that was by having her dog Paco by her side. However, Paco was diagnosed with cancer and the family had to put him down.

Alexis Meets Izzy

When Make-A-Wish Georgia granted Alexis the opportunity to have any wish she wanted Alexis immediately knew she wanted to have a companion by her side, just like Paco. Soon after her wish was made, Alexis met Izzy the boxer.

“Just pure happiness. It’s something she talked about, but when it happened she was shocked and did not know what to do,” said Alexis’s mom, describing her daughter’s reaction to her wish being granted.

The entire family is falling in love with Izzy. He is described by the family as a sweet, affectionate companion dog. He is now receiving additional companion dog training in order to better assist Alexis to his full potential.

The Impact of a Wish

This wish experience assisted Alexis as she has gone through surgery and chemotherapy, and now the tumor and kidney has been removed. Alexis is now enjoying kindergarten with her classmates, participating in swimming and other recreational activities with her siblings, and growing alongside Izzy her companion and new best friend.

Alexis' wish was funded by almost 150 individual donors on the brand-new Wishmaker fundraising platform. You can help make wishes come true by donating to kids just like Alexis today!

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