Chemotherapy is grueling on the body, but you would never know that looking at Marlee. She was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at only three years old, but even that dark news didn’t crush her bright spirit. Marlee’s mom says that chemotherapy does not destroy her. Even when she lost her hair, she wasn’t upset. She embraced it!
Marlee is a girl who knows what she wants, which made deciding on her one true wish that much easier. She loves anything and everything Disney so it was no surprise when Marlee declared she wanted nothing more than to go to Walt Disney World® Resort! She felt experiencing the magic in person would be just what she needed to continue the fight.
And her wish is coming true! Marlee learned she will soon meet her favorite Disney characters in person during the final home basketball game of the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels on February 29, 2018 (versus rival UNR). It was also the finale of Swish for a Wish sponsored by Nevada State Bank, an annual fundraiser benefitting Make-A-Wish® Southern Nevada. For every free throw made by a Runnin’ Rebel during home games, Nevada State Bank donates $25 to help make dreams come true!
An unsuspecting Marlee was sitting in the stands with her parents enjoying a bucket of popcorn when they were called down to the court during halftime. She thought she was there to help present the $12,950 check from Nevada State Bank to Make-A-Wish, but it was so much more. The mascot Hey Reb and UNLV Cheerleaders also came out with a sign that read MARLEE, YOUR WISH IS COMING TRUE, as the announcer declared “You’re going to Disney World!”
Marlee was stunned and squealed in delight as she jumped up and down at the news. Her parents were equally surprised.
“We really can’t thank you all enough,” Marlee’s mom said. “We had the best time and thanks for always making us all feel so welcome. You made one little girl feel so special. We will never forget it!”
Moments like this are why we do what we do. We are so excited for Marlee and her family and can’t wait to hear all about her wish experience. Would you like to be part of making dreams like Marlee’s come true? Click here.