• One Atlanta girl's wish will now help thousands of children fighting cancer

    By: Kimberly Richardson

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    ATLANTA - One 21 year old's wish began as a simple act of kindness.

    While facing regular chemotherapy treatments as she was battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Katie Smotherman formed a relationship with a girl who was also fighting childhood cancer.

    That girl, who was full of courage and hope, was terrified of having her port accessed.

    A port is a small disc made of plastic or metal about the size of a quarter that sits just under the skin. A soft thin tube called a catheter connects the port to a large vein. Chemotherapy medicine is administered through a special needle that fits into the port. Blood can also be drawn through the port.

    Smotherman realized that if her friend had a treatment buddy with a port just like hers, she might not be so afraid. This was the start of Katie's Treatment Buddies, the cuddly bears that have ports in them.


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    On Sunday, Smotherman's wish came true.

    In celebration of World Wish Day, Make-A-Wish Georgia granted Smotherman's wish to expand her treatment buddies.  

    Smotherman thought she was coming to kick off Make-A-Wish Georgia's local #ArmWrestleChallenge and then distribute her bears to children at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

    However, Make-A-Wish Georgia had big surprise in store for Smotherman. She wished for 40 Treatment Buddies, and instead got 2,400 bears to be distributed to other Make-A-Wish chapters across the country. 

    You can watch her reaction below:

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