| By Jim Beaver
It was a very rare event for the Make-A-Wish Foundation on Monday. To grant wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions is something Amanda Sexton, communications coordinator with the foundation, is used to doing, but rarely are there two people in one family granted. On Monday, wishes for sisters Katy and Amanda Gordon were granted.
Katy received the gift of her dreams, a 55-inch big screen television, delivered that morning.
Earlier that day, a huge swing set was set up in the back yard, making Amanda’s dreams come true.
"It is rare that we have two siblings who both qualify for a wish," said Sexton. "This is sure to be a dream come true for both girls, but I can only imagine the emotions of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon as their two daughters’ dreams come true," she added.
The grantings took place at the Gordon’s modest home on Draper Street in Batesville.
The wishes were donated by Grand Casino of Tunica, a member of Caesar’s Entertainment, which also owns The Sheraton and Bally’s.
When representatives arrived, Amanda and Katy were taken outside to enjoy their new swingset while the television set was installed.
The girls swung high and proud, joined by the Tunica donors and the proud parents, Ernie and Kim Gordon.
After enjoying the swing set, the television was ready.
Katy, who loves to sing along with Shania Twain, was brought to the living room, where the excitement was overwhelming. She promptly sat down in front of the large screen and sang along with her favorite singer.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation requests range from a puppy, shopping spree, computer, newly-decorated bedroom, trip to Disney World, or meeting the President of the United States. Whatever that special child’s wish may be, Make-A -Wish attempts to move heaven and earth to make it come true.
The average cost of granting a wish is $5,000.
For more information, please contact Amanda Sexton at 901-494-7038 or visit the website at .