Midlands Girl Gets Her Wish

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Five year old Ciara Cooke is just like any other kid, that happens to be best friends with a Gamecock Football player.

But she's endured more than most kids her age; she suffers from type one diabetes and epilepsy.

"Its been kind of hard as a parent to live with that because you are in the hospital 24/7 and you are always worried about what's going to happen," said Ciara's father Elton.

Just this year she had a seizure and was unresponsive for more than a day.

"She's a wonderful little girl, she's amazing," said Gamecock Football player AJ Cann.

One day at a Gamecock Equestrian game she met some of the football players, and fell in love with Cann.

Her wish was to go to Disney World and with the help of the Kids Wish Network and the Gamecocks that wish is about to come true.

Elton and Helen are Ciara's parents and they say she was so happy when she heard the news.

"The main thing she was talking about is Sea World; she loves the animals she loves the zoo," said Cooke.

She loves animals but Ciara says she's ready to take on a bigger experience when she gets to Florida.

"If they have a roller coaster I think I will go on that," said Ciara.

When asked if she thought her friend AJ would be scared to ride on a roller coaster this was her response.

"Yes, he's silly."

Erica Nelson is the Life Skills Coordinator with the Gamecocks and they jumped at the opportunity when the wish network asked if they would give Ciara a send off party.

"Its really great to connect our student athletes and allow them to get some perspective based on visiting children that are going through life altering situations," said Nelson.

Ciara gave the student athletes medals, on the front it says Kids Wish Network and on the back... Official Guardian Angel; it was something that really pricked AJ's heart.

"Me having a chance to be around her just for a day is a blessing," said Cann.

"Words can even express how thankful I am for my daughter, everything that AJ has done, the Gamecocks and everyone else its just a blessing," said Cooke.


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