Country singer lends support to Make-A-Wish Foundation

Country singer lends support to Make-A-Wish Foundation
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Davie-Anna was just 2 years old when she was diagnosed with a life-threatening condition, acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Today, Davie-Anna, whose last name was withheld at her family's request, is a healthy 4 year old after finishing treatment.

"It's been quite a journey," said her grandmother, Maria Carmona.

Helping to ease her pain is the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central California. The nonprofit organization took Davie-Anna and her grandparents, Maria and Martin on a five-day all expenses paid trip to Disneyland.

"It's about giving hope to the family and to the kids," said Catherine Anspach, Kern County community director for Make-A-Wish of Central California.

Country music star Lorrie Morgan and her son Jesse Keith Whitley came to Bakersfield to lend support to the organization by performing at a fundraising concert at the Kern County Museum on Sunday afternoon.

The goal was to raise funds to keep fulfilling the wishes of hundreds of children each year.

"No qualified wish is turned away," said Anspach.

The organization grants wishes of children between 2½ and 18 years old who have a life-threatening condition. Wishes can be simple or elaborate and fall into four categories:

- Wish to go somewhere
- Wish to meet someone, such as a celebrity
- Wish to have something, such as a computer, a bedroom makeover or a shopping spree
- Wish to be someone, such as a ballerina, a chef or a police officer for a day

The average cost to grant a wish is $6,000, said Anspach. Volunteers are also needed to help in a variety of ways.

Anyone wanting to help out can call Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central California at (661) 634-WISH (9474).