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I wish to have a Rainbow Play System

Wish Kid Sara

“ ...receiving this gift made us stronger and more confident and motivated us to hold Sara's hand and continue the fight of Leukemia. ”


- Wish Parents Ray & Beatrice

Adopted By: United Healthcare

Sara, 4, of Valley Springs has an amazing story.

She spent her first three years of life in an orphanage in Nepal where there were only five caregivers taking care of 120 kids.  Adopted by Ray and Beatrice, Sara came to the United States in 2011.  Just four months after her official adoption, she was diagnosed with Leukemia last August.  Her new parents were devastated and heartbroken, but were given hope by the wonderful community and medical professionals who have supported them through this journey.

Sara wished for a Rainbow Play System, a wish that came true on her fourth birthday, April 18, 2012.  With 50 of her friends and family at her home to celebrate, little Sara had a birthday she won’t soon forget.  Bald because of her treatment, Sara donned a hot pink wig that she had picked out for the party.  She was hard to miss!

wishstories_saraThe day after her party her parents said she sat by the window and stared at the Rainbow Play System and asked, “Mom, everybody went home after the party, why the slide (does) not go home?”  Mom said:  “Silly girl, because it is yours, it is a gift for you!”  With English being her third language, Sara didn’t understand the true meaning of the gift until the next day.  Mom said she jumped up and down, like starting another party all over again! 

Her parents said her wish helped confirm to Sara that she is loved and that people care for her.  She made many new friends and is now a “celebrity” in the neighborhood.  ”The Rainbow Play System is truly a ’ permanent’ rainbow on our farm and will lead Sara to her other wishes in the future,” they said.

Sara’s wish was made possible by the generous support of United Healthcare.


The Rainbow Play System is truly a ’permanent’ rainbow on our farm and will lead Sara to her other wishes in the future. ”

— Wish Parents Ray & Beatrice

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