In your feel-good story for the day, Make-A-Wish – and Texas show hogs – helped to make one Indiana girl’s dream come true.
According to ABC 13, 13-year-old Dalaney Vickery was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis shortly after she turned a year old. Her life has been far from easy - she has been in and out of hospitals roughly every six months.
Despite this, Dalaney has kept her passion for raising and showing pigs.
"Dalaney started showing hogs when she was 4," her father, Bret Vickery, said. "We've been raising hogs since 2001 as a family. We just have a small 20 sow show pig operation."
That’s when Make-A-Wish foundation stepped in.
The Houston Chronicle reports Make-A-Wish volunteers back in her home state offered to grant one of her wishes. Dalaney’s first choice: a trip to Houston, Texas for a livestock show. Her second wish was to help just a pig contest.
Working with Houston volunteers, Make-A-Wish found the perfect solution – Dalaney would be a special guest judge at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and though she wouldn’t have the last word, she would be able to confer with adult judges.
And she proved that when it comes to judging, she knows exactly what she’s looking for.
"You look for meat and muscle in a hog. Or their bone size, or how good they walk. If they're sound on their feet, if they don't chop," Dalaney said.