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Ariel gets her wish


Make A Wish grants girl's with to go to Breyerfest Horse Show in Kentucky

by: CORY MIMMS - Ariel and her horse enjoyed a great send-off party before leaving on her dream trip to the Breyerfest Horse Show this week.Ariel Nelsen, 11, loves cats and ice cream and brownies. But most of all, she loves horses. This month, Make-A-Wish Oregon will grant Ariel’s wish to attend the annual Breyerfest Horse Show in Kentucky.

To send her off in style, Make-A-Wish threw Ariel a special bon voyage party at the Big Oak Stables in Molalla.

Monday, family and friends joined Ariel, who has childhood craniopharyngiomas, in horseback games and a picnic to help her celebrate her upcoming trip to Breyerfest.

Ariel, the daughter of Mark and Sheila Nelson, has collected about 100 small Breyerfest horse figurines and 30 larger ones. She said at the party that some of the figurines she would like to own are no longer made, so the trip to Breyerfest will give her the opportunity to see all the ones most kids never get to see.

“I’m very happy because I thought I was never going to get to go to Breyerfest,”she said.

Childhood craniopharyngiomas are rare benign tumors usually found near the pituitary gland at the bottom of the brain.

Ariel’s dad, KPTV Fox 12 weatherman, said the tumor was discovered after Ariel complained of bad headaches.

“She was in pain. Something was definitely off,” he said. “But she’s really tough.

There is an underlying sense of dread that the tumor, though benign, could cause Ariel serious problems, but the family holds out hope.

her mother said there’s a chance it won’t come back, but it’s likely that it will.

“There’s a cloud hanging over us,” she said. “But for Ariel, we need to live a happy life.”

Both parents appreciate all that Make a Wish does for kids who are seriously ill. “It gives kids hope,” her dad said.

“A cloud hanging over us.”

About Make-A-Wish

Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Founded in 1980, the organization is now the largest wish-granting charity in the world, with 64 chapters in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and nearly 250 volunteers, the Oregon chapter has granted more than 2,700. For more information