I wish to have an adventure with animals

Wish child Cassandra touches a racoon

Six-year-old Cassandra is a bright girl that doesn’t let her cystic fibrosis get her down! She is interested in everything to do with animals and wants to become a veterinarian when she grows up. So she knew exactly what she wanted her wish to be and that was to have an adventure with animals!

On Cassandra’s wish day, she went with her family to the reptile zoo where she was given an exclusive tour. She had the opportunity to feed raccoons and even alligators! She learned a lot about bearded dragons, turtles, snakes and was thrilled when she got to hold a big spider in her hand. Cassandra then had a photoshoot with lots of different animals, including the spider. You can see Cassandra’s lively and funny personality come to life as she’s living her dream.


Cassandra’s mum believes this amazing experience has made Cassandra a very happy and grateful little girl. This exciting and unforgettable day has lifted her spirits for a long time to come.

Although we granted 40% more wishes in the last 12 months, we still have more than 10,000 children waiting for their wish to be granted. 

This July, we want to grant the wishes of 3000 children – almost twice as many as July 2022! But we will need all the help we can get to reach this target. Please donate today to bring Sparks of Hope to a child living with a critical illness

Wish Child Cassandra peeks out from behind a snake!

Niamh Ryan

Niamh Ryan

Niamh Ryan is Senior Manager, PR and Communications at Make-A-Wish International, having joined the organisation in 2022 after 5 years at Make-A-Wish Ireland. Niamh oversees the organisation’s internal and external communications and looks after media relations and media strategy. With a background in digital marketing, she is passionate about employing the latest technology and trends to help more people learn about the life-changing power of a wish-come-true!