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Six-year-old Jessika lives with spinal muscular atrophy, type 1; a condition that affects all her muscles — not just the ones used for walking and moving, but also the muscles used for swallowing and breathing.
Jessika is confined to her wheelchair or bed because of her medical condition, and she’s not able to get out a lot. So, when Make-A-Wish® Quebec approached her about her biggest wish, she knew what she wanted: a secret garden in her very own backyard. She wanted a space that would allow her to look outside her window and see nature and attract wildlife!
In the spring of 2016, a group of volunteers and contractors came together to make Jessika’s wish come true. While a contractor worked on a deck, another worked on a ramp — both of which would allow Jessika access her garden any time she wanted.
Once those were completed, a dozen volunteers came by the house to plant flowers, grasses and various trees. They also put in bird houses, bird feeders, solar lights and beautiful decorations, which created a beautiful garden just for Jessika!
One of Jessika’s favorite things in the secret garden is a dog house for her imaginary dog, Slinky!
Once the garden was completed and revealed to Jessika and her family, her mother shared that “everyone does a lot of stuff for Jessika but it’s rare that she gets to have a say in what she gets. To see this come to life around her, means it’s about Jessika. And to see her have something like this, it’s a wish come true even for me.”