(BPT) - When Bella received a kidney diagnosis, her childhood was turned upside down. Her whole family rallied to help her, but as someone who always puts others first, she wanted to turn her personal experience into something that would bring hope to others.
Bella was connected with Make-A-Wish®, the nonprofit that creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. For kids like Bella, a wish creates a turning point in their treatment and recovery and empowers them to reclaim their childhood. After some consideration of what to wish for, Bella ultimately decided that she wanted a goldendoodle after seeing that her favorite local news anchor, Shelly Ribando, had one. Shelly herself helped Make-A-Wish surprise Bella with a goldendoodle named Captain Rodney Hook and she brought along her own dog Annie.