There are more than 50 kids across South Dakota in the process of receiving a wish thanks to Make-A-Wish South Dakota. The organization has granted more than 1,180 wishes since it began in 1984, and 3-year-old Natallie Baker was a recipient.
Natallie qualified for Make-A-Wish because she faces SCN2A Mutation, which causes Intractable Progressive Epilepsy. She is wheelchair bound and requires nursing care.
Make-A-Wish allowed Natallie and her mom, Jess; dad, Ryan; and sisters, Mackenzie and Brooklynn to go on the trip of a lifetime.
Natallie’s wish was to go on an animal adventure in San Diego. Her wish came true in October 2015 when she and her family traveled to San Diego, California. She had the opportunity to have a VIP tour of the San Diego Zoo and she visited Sea World, Safari Park and the Birch Aquarium. She and her family also visited Nurtured by Nature, a once-in-a-lifetime experience for children in need that provides animal encounters.