Girl Battling Brain Cancer Asks To Clean Up Parks

Many children in the Make-A-Wish Foundation ask for lavish vacations or play dates with celebrities, but not 8-year-old Amelia Meyer from Kansas City, Missouri.

Amelia has brain cancer and when Make-A-Wish sought to do something good for her, she asked to pick up trash in her hometown.  “It doesn’t look nice and another reason is because it can stay dirty and it can get animals sick,” she told the foundation, according to WDAF.

Helzberg Diamonds (the company that employs Amelia’s mother, Jill Meyer, The Kansas City Missouri Parks and Recreation Department, the Kansas City Fire Department and the Kansas City Police Department all banded together to make Amelia’s wish come true. Amelia and hundreds of volunteers picked up trash in parks on Feb. 27, a date which Mayor Sly James proclaimed “Amelia Meyer’s Take Care Of The World Day.”

Amelia’s father, Dan, and 11-year-old brother, Carson, also pitched in with the effort, as did her best friend, Samantha Asquith. “I know some kids might want to go to Disneyworld and stuff, or meet famous people, but I really feel like Amelia picked the right wish,” Aquith said.

Jill said her daughter was excited by the prospect of getting out to clean up Kansas City’s parks. The night before the event, she asked Amelia if she was excited about it. She replied, "I am so excited ... I get to pick up trash!”

Jill told the Charlotte Observer she was stunned by the outpouring of support. 

“We’re so touched by what you all have done for our little girl,” she said.“It brings her such a smile.”

Amelia’s prognosis is uncertain, but Jill said they’re staying positive. “Cancer kids are amazing. My daughter is amazing,” she said.  “She’s been so strong.”

Sources: WDAF, Charlotte Observer / Photo credit: WDAF

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