The three-year-old beamed with joy and pointed at the semi tractor trailer as it slowly rolled down the street carrying her playhouse.
“It’s my Make-A-Wish day!” Mallory said excitedly.
This wasn’t just any typical playhouse. Mallory, who has neuroblastoma, wished for a donut shop playhouse. And this was the day her wish would come true, right in her very own backyard.
After spending the first years of her life battling a life-threatening medical condition, Mallory could focus on the freedom of playing and just being a kid.
“Mallory’s biggest concern right now is which toy she wants to play with next or which swing she has to share with her sister,” said Mallory’s dad, Ryan. “She doesn’t have to be concerned about whether it’s time for chemo. Today, she’s all smiles and giggles. She’s having the time of her life.”
A green and purple sign that reads “Sweet M’s Doughnuts,” welcomed visitors into the newest donut shop in town. With windows to order and serve her sweet treats, more than 100 fabric donuts, made with love by mom and grandma, and a loft area for more creative play, Mallory was open for business.
“I love this!” Mallory said as she explored her new playhouse with her older sister, Jillian, cousins and friends.
For Mallory and her family, her wish was about healing, sharing love with the community and repairing connections broken during her medical battle.
“So many things get broken in a medical crisis,” Ryan said. “Make-A-Wish steps in and tries to provide a great big giant piece of love and a great big giant support for the family. It provides an opportunity to repair those connections. And that ‘s why we love Make-A-Wish.”
Many family members, neighbors and other supporters came out to celebrate with Mallory on her wish day, which made the wish extra sweet.
“From nearly four years ago to now, we never thought we would make it to this place – where we were back together as a family and healing,” said Ashley, Mallory’s mom.
Ryan said the playhouse will not only allow the family to reconnect with the community and create new memories, but also serve as reminder of their journey.
“This is going to be an awesome monument, and a constant visual reminder, to the strength of our family,” Ryan said. “Because of all of the challenges we’ve been through, this will be a rebuilding of our family. We appreciate this from the bottom of our hearts.”