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Make-A-Wish Foundation gives 12-year-old girl surprise of a lifetime

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. (WPTA21) -- A 12-year-old girl from Huntington got a huge surprise all thanks to her neighbors and Make-A-Wish Foundation.  

12-year-old Sadie Lentz wished for a camper so she and her family can go camping someday. And, that wish came true. 

She was also surprised by a car parade organized by her community to show their support.  

Sadie’s father Steven says this was wonderful. 

"I'm absolutely speechless,” he said. “It is her dream come true." 

Steven and his wife Sheila told ABC21 their daughter was thrilled to see her surprise.  

"She was excited,” both her parents said. “Her eyes lit up; she was so excited. She was like ‘oh my gosh that's mine’ she couldn't believe that was her camper, ‘my camper, can we take it? That's mine, can we take it home.’ 

Steven and Sheila told ABC21 Sadie was diagnosed with Epilepsy when she was one. They say it's been difficult but Sadie has progressed so much. 

They say Sadie had brain surgery just over a year ago and she's about 85 percent seziure free. 

Steven and Sheila say Sadie would have triple digit seizures in a days' time, but now that's decreased to about a dozen a week. 

"From where she was a year ago today, she has changed like night and day,” Steven said. 

Sheila told ABC21 Sadie’s doctor signed her up for Make-A-Wish Foundation. Sadie has always wanted a camper so she could travel safely with her family. 

Make-A-Wish Foundation contacted Sadie's family and made her wish come true 

"These wishes are literally life changing for children,” Senior Advancement Officer of Make-A-Wish Foundation for Northeast Indiana Jenny Boyd said. “There have been studies done that show that wishes make such a positive impact in children lives that it decreases the amount of hospital stays, the length of stays, so they're truly life changing." 

Many cars rolled down the street in front of Sadie's house to show their support. From police officers, fire trucks and community members, Sadie was so excited.

“Thank you so much,” she said. 

Sheila and Steven told ABC21 they couldn't be more thankful. 

“Its meant the world,” Sheila said. “I really can't put it into words how much it means to me. I really can't. It's just amazing with everybody coming together and doing this for Sadie and making her wish come true, I love it." 

Sheila told ABC21 Sadie wanted to go to Disney World originally, but because of COVID-19, Sadie wanted her camper instead. 

The family still plans on going to Florida to go camping in the near future. 

Sheila also told ABC21 Sadie’s growth is remarkable and she couldn't be more proud.  

Vince Lovergine

Vince Lovergine joined the WPTA team August 2020 as a multimedia journalist.

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