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365 wishes: Hiloha's backyard oasis marks record number of wishes this year

  • Hiloha cuts the ribbon to her new backyard with her mother and grandmother.

  • Hiloha with some of the vendors who contributed to make her wish come true.

  • Suntec Concrete personnel helps to get the yard started.

  • Hiloha's wish granter Sawyer introduces the vendors and volunteers who helped to grant Hiloha's wish.

  • Hiloha's mother Teresa thanked the vendors and Make-A-Wish Arizona for granting her daughter's wish.

  • Hiloha and her family will get great use of the new backyard.

  • Hiloha's new backyard, wish granted.

  • Hiloha was the 365th wish of the 2016 fiscal year. Here she is with the Make-A-Wish Arizona staff.

“ To have this space now, where she can do therapy when the weather is nice or just hang out with her brothers and sister and family, it really means a lot. ”

- Teresa, Hiloha's mother

Make-A-Wish Arizona is excited to announce that it has reached its 365 wish of the fiscal year – Hiloha’s wish to have a new backyard oasis.

The yard was unveiled to Hiloha, a South Scottsdale 7-year-old with a rare genetic condition that causes severe disabilities and epilepsy, on Wednesday, August 31 and celebrated as the final wish of the fiscal year. 

Hiloha and her family (two brothers and one sister) rarely leave her home so she wished for a backyard that would be fun for everyone. 

“What I loved about working with Make-A-Wish Arizona was that they were focused on what would make Hiloha happiest at all times,” said Teresa, Hiloha’s mother. “They really listened and learned about her and what made her smile most.”

The backyard, which formerly was a little grass and a few trees, now has a concrete pad and sidewalk “track” that Hiloha can scoot around in her chair, as well as grass, a fountain, a gazebo and furniture so her siblings and parents can enjoy the backyard with her. 

“Our family is so important to us,” continued Teresa. “To have this space now, where she can do therapy when the weather is nice and just hang out with her brothers and sister and family, it really means a lot.”

This wish has been a community effort – with almost 100 percent of the backyard renovation donated by local businesses: 

“We are so grateful for all the companies who made this happen,” said Teresa. “To know that someone who has never met my family or my daughter helped to grant her wish really shows how a wish can give hope to everyone.” 

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