Wishes come true: Maine boy gets a special new puppy

Wishes really do come true. Just ask 9-year-old Hunter from Bath.Hunter lives with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, a complex, rare, and severe childhood-onset epilepsy characterized by multiple and concurrent seizure types and cognitive dysfunction.Hunter loves dogs, all things Disney, and his best friend, Jocelyn. When he was given the chance to ask for a wish from Make-A-Wish Maine, he asked for a Shih Tzu puppy named Rosie after Briar Rose from Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty” and his best friend Jocelyn to take part in the surprise.His wish just came true. Members of the Bath police and fire departments joined some of Hunter’s family and friends to circle Library Park in Bath with signs on their cars reading “Your Puppy Wish Is Granted.” Hunter, who thought he was at the park for a picnic, was surprised when his grandmother came out of the last vehicle in the lineup holding his new puppy, Rosie.As the family left the park with Rosie, Hunter said, “I never knew so many people cared so much about me.” “Many of the children we work with feel isolated and disconnected due to their illness, treatments and hospitalizations. The pandemic makes this even more trying for them. We’re honored to continue to grant wishes like this one during a time when wish kids need joy and positive distractions more than ever,” said Kate Vickery, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish Maine. Make-A-Wish Maine says dozens of wishes have been postponed because of restrictions on travel, but the organization is granting as many wishes as possible right now.

Wishes really do come true. Just ask 9-year-old Hunter from Bath.

Hunter lives with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, a complex, rare, and severe childhood-onset epilepsy characterized by multiple and concurrent seizure types and cognitive dysfunction.

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Hunter loves dogs, all things Disney, and his best friend, Jocelyn. When he was given the chance to ask for a wish from Make-A-Wish Maine, he asked for a Shih Tzu puppy named Rosie after Briar Rose from Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty” and his best friend Jocelyn to take part in the surprise.

His wish just came true. Members of the Bath police and fire departments joined some of Hunter’s family and friends to circle Library Park in Bath with signs on their cars reading “Your Puppy Wish Is Granted.”

Hunter, who thought he was at the park for a picnic, was surprised when his grandmother came out of the last vehicle in the lineup holding his new puppy, Rosie.

As the family left the park with Rosie, Hunter said, “I never knew so many people cared so much about me.”

hunter got a new puppy thanks to make a wish maine

Izzy Bouchard/Make-A-Wish Maine

Hunter plays with his new puppy.

“Many of the children we work with feel isolated and disconnected due to their illness, treatments and hospitalizations. The pandemic makes this even more trying for them. We’re honored to continue to grant wishes like this one during a time when wish kids need joy and positive distractions more than ever,” said Kate Vickery, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish Maine.

Make-A-Wish Maine says dozens of wishes have been postponed because of restrictions on travel, but the organization is granting as many wishes as possible right now.