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The Family Built by a Wish

  • Abigail and Caroline pictured in 2008 and 2016.

  • Caroline and her mom are all smiles.

  • Two years in the making and Caroline joined her new family.

“ It was the best present I have ever received. ”

- Abigail's grandfather

Wishes are a profoundly effective way for children to cope with and sometimes even conquer critical illnesses. They spark the imagination, power essential hope and reunify families, which has never been truer than for wish kid Abigail.

Abigail was adopted from a Bulgarian orphanage by her parents Dorcas and Tony in 2013. She was 13 years-old at the time, and while she was obviously elated to join her new family in the United States, it was also bittersweet leaving Caroline, her roommate and closest friend in the world, behind.

But that was not to be the end of their story. Diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis, Abigail was granted a wish by Make-A-Wish® North Texas. She deliberated only briefly. With her parents’ blessing, Abigail wished for them to adopt Caroline, still dreaming of completing her new family. Make-A-Wish North Texas agreed to help facilitate and manage the logistics surrounding this most unique wish. People across the globe collaborated to make Abigail’s one true wish come true, including the teams at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth and Hopscotch Adoptions.

Two years in the making, the girls, formerly best friends were reunited in December of 2016, now as sisters.

Abigail summed up her feelings with one brief statement: “Thank you, God, for telling me that I needed a sister!”


Learn more about Cook Children’s Health Care System here.

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