Make-A-Wish gives dream ballet studio to little girl
UNDATED (WHDH) -- An extra special wish was granted for a young girl battling cancer. Little Mia loves to dance and now has her very own studio, thanks to Make-a-Wish of Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Mia's parents describe her as a performer.
“My favorite part is giving me kisses when I walk in the door. Having three girls is a good thing for a dad,” said Andy Marchand, Mia’s father.
But six months ago, Mia's parents were shocked to find out their little ballerina had cancer. She has retinoblastoma, which is a childhood cancer of the eye.
“We took her to the ER because we saw a glint of something in her eye. We started to freak out when we realized she couldn't see out of her left eye,” said Jessica Bella, Mia’s mom.
A week after Mia was diagnosed, she started chemo, but little Mia didn't miss a beat and never stopped dancing.
"I had my phone on the loudest level, so she could dance while we waited to see doctors,” said Bella.
“She's like the one that gets us through!" said Marchand.
And the Make-A-Wish Foundation also helped them out.
"We said Mia, ‘you get any wish you want,’ and she looked up and she saw the ceiling fan, she’s like ‘a fan’. I was like, well you can dream bigger and then we’re eating pizza and she’s like ‘okay, then a pizza.’ And I was like okay, let’s work on this a little bit,” laughed Bella.
But Mia finally came up with a wish that went right along with her love for dancing. And there it was; her favorite scene from the Nutcracker right in her home!
“She can do something like this it makes you think that you can do anything. You feel like stopping? You don’t stop ‘cause you know that she wouldn't stop,” said Marchand.
Now a big myth with Make-A-Wish is that it's for terminally ill children, but it can also be for kids with life threatening illnesses. Mia is doing great and she just finished chemo about a month ago.