Ten years ago, before coming to Simi Valley from the Midwest, Ginia and Mike volunteered as wish granters. Ginia also served on the Board of Directors of the Iowa chapter. Ginia said, "It is interesting to be on the other end of the process this time."
When Cole was only three days old, he was diagnosed with Hirschprung’s disease. While in the hospital, Cole was captivated by the movie “Toy Story 2,” which he watched over and over again. Mike said, "Doctors told us this was a way for Cole to cope with his illness.” The boy’s favorite movie became the inspiration for his wish. Just like in the animated film, Cole wanted to experience “Cowboy Camp”; he wanted to ride on a horse named “Bull’s-eye” and to roast marshmallows.
Thanks to the incredible efforts of our friends at Dance Unlimited, a group of dancers, ranging from ages 10 to 15, Cole’s wish came true. The girls adopted Cole's wish with the $10,000 they raised through a performance they hosted at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center.
The day Cole’s wish came true, the boy and his family were transported in a limo from Simi Valley to the Circle Bar B Guest Ranch in Goleta. Friends at the ranch made sure Bull’s-eye welcomed Cole when he arrived. The horse played the part, complete with a circle around its eye. The family spent four nights and five days in a very western private cabin at Circle Bar B. The ranch also provided unlimited free rides for Cole and his seven-year-old brother Kyle. Cole was able to roast marshmallows and even tried to learn to lasso.
Ginia added,“We had a fabulous time, this was a wonderful wish. All Cole wants now is to go back!