local girl gets her wish

PEORIA (Heart of Illinois ABC) — Luz Rodriguez, 11, spent several days in the hospital receiving treatment for epilepsy. Her mother said there was one thing she always asked to help her through this ordeal.

“Every time she gets worse, the only thing she keeps thinking about is Barbies and Barbies in the hospital,” Rodriguez’s mother, Jeanette Sandoval, said.

When Rodriguez had the chance to wish for anything in the world, the answer was clear, a Barbie dream home of her own.

“Something like that is like making her feel better, like having her own place to call home when she’s not feeling well. She normally gets so anxious when there are a lot of people around. She can stay a bit fine, but right after that she just wants to be in a quiet place,” Sandoval said.

When Rodriguez first saw the house, she was thrilled to have a place of her own – filled with her idol.

The house had a bed for Luz and her dog, a play kitchen and a table. It was filled with bright lights – a special request from Rodriguez, who is visually impaired.

The Beijing Carpenter Appetites teamed up with Make-A-Wish and several other local organizations to make this happen for Rodriguez.

“Wishes are important for children with critical illness because they build their resilience as they struggle with their critical illness,” said Janet Bantz-Glavin of Make-A-Wish Illinois.

Luz said she was already loving her new home and couldn’t believe her dream was coming true.

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