Outside. That’s all Penelope thought about while in isolation from the world.
“She spent the first two years of her life in the hospital,” said mom, Jessica.
The 3-year-old was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder. She’s endured more than 50 blood transfusions and 30 hospital stays.
“The movie Brave got us through a lot of days,” said Jessica. “Merida and her horse.”
Dreams of chasing the wind and touching the sky on her own horse became intertwined with Penelope’s visions of the open air. As Penelope grew stronger, so did the dream.
She’s now able to play outside. A milestone that meant her heartfelt wish to have a pony could come true.
Make-A-Wish® Oregon was driven to fulfill a wish as imaginative as the little girl who dreamt it.
What happened next would unite the town of Aumsville.
“A horse needs a fence,” said Brandon Smith, owner of Smith Field & Fence. “As we do in the country, neighbors take care of neighbors.”
Police officers, firefighters and high school football players joined forces with Smith. Together, they constructed a fence and corral.
Community members hauled in riding gear and bales of hay. Nearly everything wound up being donated. Including Penelope’s horse, Cappy.
“This is bigger than we ever imagined,” said Jessica. “It’s incredible.”
All of it led up to her wish day, the day she would ride.
At long last, a beaming Penelope locked eyes with Cappy. In that moment, she knew this was her faithful companion and a wish come true.