The Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Mexico, granted 3-year -old Gabrielle Clements her wish, Wednesday, beginning with a family and friends dinner at Golden Corral Buffet.
â€œI donâ€™t even know how I would thank them for this,â€ Isabel Clements said during the dinner.
Around 7 p.m., with Barbie in hand, Gabrielle and her family arrived in a white Lincoln Continental stretch limo at the restaurant, where she was welcomed by local wish-granter, Joe Vargas.Â Through it all, she appeared calm, taking in each minute with shy smiles.
About 20 friends and family attended the dinner with Gabrielle, on the first leg of her wish.Â Next week, Gabrielle and her family will enjoy a vacation at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. The family will stay at Give Kids The World, next to the nearly 41-year-old theme park and resort.
â€œGive Kids World is really a special place for kids,â€ Vargas said.Â â€œSheâ€™ll stay at Winnie the Poohâ€™s Hut for the week that theyâ€™re there.â€
â€œWeâ€™re very grateful,â€ Carson Clements, Gabrielleâ€™s father said.Â â€œOn our own we would never be able to go to Disney World. Itâ€™s something very special.â€
â€œItâ€™s a once in a lifetime chance for her to be able to experience all of that,â€ Isabel Clements, Gabrielleâ€™s mother said.Â â€œI think itâ€™s something that we can do all as a family.â€
Gabrielle is battling Pfeiffer syndrome, a cranial facial syndrome that is â€œa genetic disorder characterized by the premature fusion of certain skull bones,â€ according to ghr.nlm.nih.gov, part of the National Library of Medicineâ€™s web site for consumer information.
According to her parents, Gabrielle has endured several surgeries for her condition. The Clements are grateful for the opportunity to spend some time away from the doctorâ€™s office next week with Gabby and her sisters, Vanessa, 10, and Victoria, 12.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants thousands of wishes to 2- to 18-year -old kids every year, who suffer from lifethreatening conditions. Applicants who qualify for the program are interviewed by an area volunteer, who helps coordinate the efforts to make a childâ€™s wish come true.
For more information about New Mexicoâ€™s Make-A-Wish foundation, call 505-888-9474, or visit wishnm.org.