Johanna is a three-year-old girl with big dreams. She has a passion for playtime and loves spending time on playgrounds with her friends and family. Johanna was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2017. After her treatment began, her family heard about Make-A-Wish from other families going through cancer treatments at Children’s of Alabama.
Johanna was referred for a wish and learned that she would receive one in 2018. When her volunteers arrived to ask her what her wish would be, Johanna was ready to tell them her one, true wish. Johanna wished to have a swing set with a playhouse attached in her backyard. The only rule? Johanna wished for the set to be her favorite color: pink.
“Johanna is a girly girl,” said Amanda Dickey, Johanna’s wish coordinator. “Once we found the right playset, we started looking for the perfect shade of pink to paint it to make sure it was exactly what she wished for.”
Local companies came together to donate the playset, mulch and flowers and, of course, the pink paint. On wish reveal day, volunteers came to assemble the swing set in Johanna’s backyard. When she arrived, Johanna ran toward her pink playset with a huge smile on her face.
“It is hard to wrap your mind around how amazing people really are,” said Shea, Johanna’s mom, during the wish reveal. “Johanna will have her last round of chemo soon, and then we will have a really big celebration.”
For a little girl who has been fighting so bravely, a pink playset was the perfect start to the end of cancer treatment.