Make-A-Wish (and Watch it Manifest)


Area resident, Amelia Cooley, is age 4 and currently battling Leukemia. But, her love of animals helps her to keep going. So, her wish to be a zookeeper was granted this summer as the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Zoo Miami teamed up to make Amelia’s dream come true.

Amelia, along with her parents, grandparents and her baby brother got to experience this once-in-a lifetime wish. They went to Zoo Miami where they were even allowed into restricted access areas and interacted with a lot of the zoo residents, including a giant turtle, a giraffe and her favorite animal, a sloth. They also toured the Miami Children’s museum.

“We had an incredible time,” said Amelia’s mom. “Thank you so much for all of your hard work going into this week. Amelia had the time of her life. The zoo went above and beyond and the memories we made will last us a lifetime. Again, we cannot thank you enough. We will forever be grateful to you and The Make A Wish Foundation and are looking forward to always being connected to your organization so we can help other kids’ wishes come true. We have first-hand experience on how it positively affects the kids.”