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Jimmy's Wish to Have a Puppy

Jimmy's wish to have a puppy

“ Jimmy woke up with a smile on his face! ”


- Jimmy's mom

When 13-year-old Jimmy from Falls Church, VA, was diagnosed with a brain tumor, his life changed. Jimmy had always been very talkative and friendly, and he refused to let doctor’s appointments and treatment plans take away time from the activities he loved. As an animal enthusiast, Jimmy always dreamed of one day taking on the responsibility of caring for his own dog. When he found out he would be receiving a wish from Make-A-Wish® Mid-Atlantic, Jimmy immediately wished to have his own puppy!

During Jimmy’s time in the hospital for his cancer treatments, he became attached the therapy dogs that were brought in and saw the effect that these dogs had on both himself and the other children. Jimmy was excited to adopt a puppy in the hopes of someday training her to become a therapy dog like the dogs he admired at the hospital. He was so set on having a puppy of his own that he even created a PowerPoint presentation to convince his parents! 

On the day of his wish, Jimmy proudly adopted Molly from Wolf Trap Animal Rescue, and together the two enjoyed a VIP shopping spree at PetCo. Jimmy’s wish gave him the chance to focus on something positive during a difficult time in his life. His parents even shared that the morning of his wish, Jimmy “woke up with a smile on his face!”

Thank you to Wolf Trap Animal Rescue for helping to grant Jimmy's wish. 

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