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Now, MEET TODAY’S GUEST:
Carly Parkhill isn’t a best-selling author (or even an author at all), a professional speaker, and she doesn’t run her own business. She is a registered dietitian by trade with a master’s degree in nutrition and physiology, but that’s not what we’ll be talking about today.
You see, back in 2004, when Carly was pregnant with her first baby, a girl, the doctors realized the baby wasn’t growing normally. The day Ella was born, Carly and her husband, Chad, were told that because of an extremely rare genetic disorder their baby girl might not make it t o see her first birthday. That was almost 15 years ago, yet today Ella is a cheerleader on her school’s squad, entering high school, and while she has special needs that require an in-home respite care-giver, her life is full and very happy.
That’s because her mom, Carly, my guest, is awesome.
I know a lot about their story because Chad is my brother-in-law, my husband’s brother, and I was there for it all, praying for Ella at every milestone. Carly and I are sisters-in-law and she’s visiting from Arizona.
I invited Carly to tell her story because several years ago Ella was the recipient of a wish from the Make-A-Wish Foundation. You see, after a diagnosis of a life-threatening heart defect due to Ella’s genetic disorder, Ella qualified as a Make-A-Wish child.
Ella loves music, and especially dancing. Her wish was to be a dancer and cheerleader with the Phoenix Suns basketball team for a game. The whole event was wonderful! The team invited Ella to practice, gave her a uniform, taught her the dance, and on the night of the big game, Ella, her family, and a busload of friends and supporters enjoyed the most special night she’s ever had. Since then, Carly has been a crusader for Make-A-Wish Foundation, sharing her experience on TV and stages, and has become an ardent fundraising supporter.
If you have or know of a child who might need a wish to come true or want to become part of this cause, you can hear how Carly has become a fundraiser extraordinaire and raised thousands of dollars for this worthy organization.