Local girl’s wish granted through non-profit organization

Local girl's wish granted through non-profit organization (Image 1)

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – An 11-year-old girl from Brentwood was granted a once-in-a lifetime wish through the Make-A-Wish foundation. 

Mallory Qualls learned on Tuesday that her wish to visit Disney World with her family and best friend was about to come true thanks to the Tennessee chapter of the organization and United Health Care.

“They say it's magical,” she said. 

The Make-A-Wish Foundation works to grant the wishes of children who are facing life threatening diseases.

Mallory has suffered with several medical conditions for more than half of her life.

“I just take it day by day. That's all you can do,” she told Nashville's News 2.

“She's had everything from arthritis type symptoms to horrible headaches, migraines, memory loss and confusion,” mother Debbie Qualls explained.

In 2010, in addition to the previous medical conditions, Mallory was diagnosed with Lyme disease, which is a disease contacted through a tick bite and can be life threatening.

“That one tick may be the one that has that terrible bacteria and it's just a mysterious disease that is mind boggling because of how many symptoms and how many other diseases it can imitate. I don't want anyone else to have to go through what we've had to go through,” Debbie said.

Mallory told Nashville's News 2 after she returns from her trip to Florida she plans to visit other sick children in local hospitals.

For more information on the Make-A-Wish Tennessee chapter, visit their Web site.

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