Meet Elise Summerhill. She has the beautifully squeaky voice of a child. When she speaks it is pure sweetness, even as she describes the cancer that made her so sick.
"Germinoma. It's a brain tumor that was in my pituitary gland," she said.
Elise was diagnosed when she was 11. Her mother Heather says the granting of Elise's wish to go to Hawaii gave her daughter something to fight for.
"Yes, because anytime you're in a better place spiritually or mentally, it puts you in a better place physically," Heather said.
"To lift your spirits and to make you feel better," Elise added.
Make-A-Wish is such a big part of the Summerhill's family life, they have set out to sell 500 Wish stars this year.
"So other kids that come in to Make-A-Wish can get a wish too," Elise said.
"Mainly to be able to help other children who are in the Make-A-Wish program or who possibly will be in the Make-A-Wish program get a wish like Elise does," her mother said.
In her pictures from Hawaii, Elise is always posing, always striking a pose. Heather says her daughter is a natural.
"When the camera is on and it is going to take a picture, you have to pose for it," Elise said. "If you don't pose, you will just be like (blah). If you pose you will be like this (strikes a pose)."
While Elise may be a poser in pictures, she's not a poser when it comes to her belief in Make-A-Wish and how it helps sick children fight when they are critically ill.
"Well, during chemo, you know you get down, and you get really sick, and to think that you will get a wish makes you a lot happier," Elise said. "It kind of makes your day over and over again."
Elise has been cancer free for over a year.
Make-A-Wish is trying to grant 100 wishes this Season of Wishes in the Mid-South. Each wish costs on average $7,500 to grant. If you would like to help make a child's wish come true, you can call 901-680-9474.
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