Wishful Wednesday: Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The Make-A-Wish organization grants special experiences for Hoosier children battling life-threatening medical conditions. Every month, CBS4 shares a story about a Hoosier family impacted by Make-A-Wish.

May is National Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month, and 8-year old Madeline Pendleton from Indianapolis  is battling cystic fibrosis.

“Her body basically, in a nutshell, produces mucus that is thicker than ours,” said Madeline’s mother Trish Ison.

Make-A-Wish surprised Madeline after school by taking her home in a pink limousine and turning a room in their home into Madeline’s very own gymnastics room.

“Sometimes it is harder for her to breathe. Any physical activity is good for a lung condition like that,” Trish said.

Madline’s new gymnastics room includes a tumble mat and gymnastics bar.  Madeline also received several new pairs of shoes and leotards!

“I like the pink one!” Madeline said, unable to contain her excitement.

USA Gymnastics helped Make-A-Wish pull off the big surprise. Gymnastics can help children learn fundamentals, like balance, flexibility, agility and cardio.

“We believe in the power of gymnastics and what it can do for young girls. We heard Madeline’s story and fell in love with it,” said Adrienne Evans with USA Gymnastics.

Madeline’s mother is thankful Make-A-Wish made Madeline’s wish come true!

“To see her jumping and playing especially with a lung condition is huge deal for her. Thank you! It is a total honor and huge deal,” she said.

Westside Gymnastics also donated six months of gymnastics classes for Madeline.

Click here to learn more about Make-A-Wish.  Watch CBS4 on the second Wednesday each month for Nicole Pence’s special Wishful Wednesday stories.

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