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Bagdad family goes to Winter Olympics through Make a Wish Foundation
It was the trip of a lifetime for one Bagdad family.
Kaitlyn Lyle, along with her parents and her brother, just returned from Sochi, Russia after watching the Winter Olympics.
How it's all part of her make a wish request that was four years in the making.
"Well when she was 15 years old, she was diagnosed with bone cancer. And it was during the time of her treatment that the last Winter Olympics happened."
Kaitlyn Lyle spent 13 months in the hospital undergoing treatment at Sacred Heart in Pensacola. And she watched a lot of TV.
"Well, during the month of February, the only thing that was on was the Winter Olympics. So we watched everything that came on."
She was given a 35% chance of survival because of her diagnosis. During her stay the Make a Wish Foundation came and told her she qualified for a wish.
"The one thing that she wanted to do, her top wish was to go to the Winter Olympics."
The only problem with that wish was the 4 year wait between games. But when the Winter Olympics came around this time, the Lyle family was on its way.
"We got to do the team figure skating events, we got to do speed skating, we got to do pairs skating, we got to do hockey, and and we got to do the half pipe."
Kaitlyn was with 2 other Make a Wish kids at the half-pipe competition, that's when things got a little more interesting, thanks to Olympian Shaun White.
"One of the boys, his specific wish was to see Shaun White at the half pipe. When he found that out and realized, he turns around a looks and the kids are like 2 corrals over, he jumps over the fence to come over and to shake the kids hands and to thank them for coming to watch him."
But that wasn't all. Shaun also gave each of them one of his snowboards that were used during the competition.
All in all, an amazing trip for the Lyle family, thanks to the Make- a-Wish Foundation.
"It's for children with life threatening illnesses. They know that not all the children are going to pass. Most of the children will not. They will be around to have their memories. But what they try to do is they try to basically take a week out of your life and make it normal."
"And there are not enough words, good positive words, to say what they do for the families."