Kionna has a hero. She's not found on a field or in a comic book. She knows how to horseback ride, lasso, and always keeps her town crime-free. Her favorite cartoon character always "saves the day".

So Kionna was ready to saddle up for her Make-A-Wish® experience. She arrived at Heaven's Gate Farm with her family for her own Wild West adventure in a brand new outfit, complete with a pink bandana and cowgirl hat. A cowgirl always has to look sharp!

She rode a horse for the first time with a big smile. (It ended up being her favorite part of Horseback riding, a trick rope specialist and a petting zoo full of farm animals added to her special day.

In true cowgirl style and just like her hero, Kionna got to lasso a magic treasure chest. With a little help, she roped it in and got to keep all the loot: donated gifts including a pair of cowgirl boots.

No cowgirl can run the West without being a sheriff. Since her hero was boss, Kionna wanted to be one too. Imagine her surprise when the Walton County Sheriff Department paid a visit to the farm! The officers gave Kionna her very own badge and let her turn on the sirens in the patrol car.

Now that Kionna is a real sheriff and cowgirl, she can save the day. Her wish not only gave her a great experience and lifelong memories, but the courage and strength to keep going. Kionna can save the day every day in her own life. She is currently in remission.

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Photo Credit: Kristin Benton Photography

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