Make-a-Wish helps girl keep her grandma's horses

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - After losing her grandmother this past summer, a teen with a serious illness had only one wish - to keep the horses they cherished together.

“When my grandma died, we had to find homes for all of them. I felt really sad,” said 14-year-old Melissa Beyea said.

Melissa loves the horses that belonged to her grandmother. They're not just a sentimental pastime, but also her therapy in dealing with her illness.

“I have Mitochondria Myopathy. In your cells, you have mitochondria and the disease is when they don't work,” Melissa said.

After her grandmother passed away, the family was forced to face the reality of getting rid of the horses. But now, thanks Make-a-Wish Foundation, Melissa can continue spending time with Penny and Buddy.

“They were going to pay for both of the horses for two years,” Melissa said.

Her mother Erica said this wish is a dream come true. “She can be having a bad day and we bring her and she is really happy,” she said.  “Every day I feel grateful for the gift to our family. People that give to make a wish don't realize the impact that it has."

Melissa said this wish will not only keep her spirits up but also keeping her grandmother's memory alive.

“I am so excited we get to keep them and keep a little bit of my grandma,” Melissa said.




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