OSWEGO, NY (WSYR-TV) - A Central New York girl with an aggressive tumor got the gift of a lifetime at the Oswego State hockey game on Saturday night, thanks to the Make-A-Wish foundation and the kindness of strangers.
Back in September, 11-year-old Makayla Walker was diagnosed with a desmoid tumor in her stomach. It is so aggressive it is classified as a cancer.
Walker receives chemotherapy five times a month and blood work twice a week.
Walker’s family has season tickets to see the Oswego State Lakers, a much needed distraction for Makayla.
"She needs to be able to go on with life too and have a normalcy through all this," said Kristina Walker, Makayla's mom.
While going to the game with her family isn't out of the ordinary, what happened during intermission was.
Makayla was on the ice to take part in a contest when her favorite hockey players made an announcement on the public address system, granting her wish to go to Atlantis, Bahamas.
"Surprised and a lucky girl," said Makayla.
It’s all thanks to Brandon Graham, a boy Makayla barely even knows.
Last year at Brandon's birthday party, instead of gifts, he asked for something to help Makayla's wish come true.
"We told them to bring money for a big jar we were filling up," said Brandon.
He collected more than $4,000 and donated it to the Make-A-Wish foundation, giving Makayla and her family a trip of a lifetime, which they plan to take in the next few months.