BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -
It's a trip that 10-year-old Reagan will never forget, and one that might not have happened had it not been for the generosity of others and Make-A-Wish Alabama.
"It really is a dream come true. It really is. It would have been a stretch for her dad and I to have taken that vacation," said Reagan's mom, Jeri Ann.
Reagan is one of hundreds of children facing a life threatening medical condition who have had their wish granted.
For the animal lover, choosing her wish was easy. She traveled to the world famous San Diego Zoo and all the attractions nearby.
"She got to swim with otters at Nurtured by Nature. I think that was her favorite part," said Jeri Ann.
More than 60 percent of all wishes granted require air travel.
"Most families like to have their wishes in the summer because you know the kids have already missed so much school," said Julianna Hallman with Make-A-Wish Alabama. "And summer happens to be a very expensive travel season."
To help ease that financial strain the organization uses the "Wishes in Flight" program. People can donate airline miles at alabama.wish.org/wishesinflight
In addition, through the end of August, Delta and United Airlines miles will be matched by Make-A-Wish America up to half a million miles each.
"So a donor's miles will be doubled which is even greater for our wish kids," said Hallman.
The miles will never expire and each one will help make wishes a reality for kids just like Reagan.
"Thank you make a wish and thank you to the people that are able to donate. We're just thankful for the opportunity," said Jeri Ann.
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