With edible glitter spilled on the table, a little girl with icing coated fingers gracefully brushed sparkles all over a cake. When she was done, it was time to make a wish. She scooped up a handful of the glitter, closed her eyes and blew it on the cake, the final touch.
Six-year-old Roslyn, from Macy, Indiana, was diagnosed in February 2020 with Wilm's tumor, a rare form of kidney cancer, making her a candidate for the Make-A-Wish foundation. Roslyn’s wish was the 19,000th wish granted by the Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana region of the foundation.
The Make-A-Wish foundation aims to grant a wish to every child with a critical illness. The majority of wish requests fall into five categories: I wish to go, I wish to be, I wish to meet, I wish to have or I wish to give, according to their website.
Roslyn’s wish fell into the “I wish to give” category, as she wanted to thank the doctors and nurses who helped her through her journey at Riley Hospital for Children with a cake. On May 12, she spent the day at the Cake Bake Shop with owner Gwendolyn Rogers to bake two cakes: one for her medical team and one for her family.
For her medical team Roslyn made a carrot cake, because she said it was healthy, and for her family she made a mint chocolate chip cake.
After baking and decorating the cakes, Roslyn, her family, and Make-A-Wish employees and volunteers headed over to Riley’s to surprise her medical team. The team members were asked to gather in the lobby of the hospital and led to a room where Roslyn greeted them.
“Surprise!” she said as they opened the door.