"Every kid out there that's in the hospital or anything - you're the strongest kids out there."
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month. For this month’s WishingWell we honor all of our wish kids who have fought childhood cancer. Ruby’s story is just one of more than 400 kids diagnosed with cancer every year in Georgia. You can help bring hope, strength and transformation to children this month by donating! Every dollar makes a difference.
The Power of Dance
A note from Ruby
“The reason God chose you to be in this fight is because he knew you could beat it, and only the strongest kids are going to have to go through this. To every kid out there that is in the hospital or anything, you are the strongest kids out there.”
When Ruby was diagnosed with a rare cancer, everything around her changed; everything but her love for dance. In the midst of chemo treatments and hospital visits, dance gave Ruby hope. “I love to dance. Whenever I’m dancing I feel free - it’s like the closest thing to flying,” she said. So when it was time to choose a wish, Ruby knew she wanted something that would allow her to feel that freedom in the comfort of her own home.
It has been 5 months since Ruby found out that her wish, for a Kate Spade-inspired dance studio, was coming true! “I was so moved by the strangers who came together for my reveal. They could have been at home finishing homework, but instead they were here for me, supporting me and giving me one of the best days of my life!” Wishes have the power to make the bad days better, even before the wish comes true. For Ruby, the anticipation of her very own dance studio gave her the strength to keep fighting.
Wishes do Come True
On the day of Ruby’s wish, she was surrounded by family and friends. Fellow dancers lined her driveway with pom-poms as Ruby sprinted toward the room she had dreamed of. For the first time in months, cancer was not the star of the show. Today was about Ruby and her dance studio. When the doors opened, her heart swelled and tears rushed down her face. “It was like a miracle coming true. I felt like a real princess,” Ruby said. Every detail of the room, from the fairy lights, to the quote on the wall, was designed with Ruby in mind. This studio was her new safe space. A place she could go when the days got tough and she wanted to feel free.