A stuffed bunny blanket can turn a bad day into a good day. Just ask Lauren. Her bunny blanket – a gift from her aunt and uncle – always makes her feel better. Radiation treatments, chemotherapy and living with one kidney are still hard. But her bunny blanket makes her braver than she can ever be alone.
One day, Lauren meets volunteers from Make-A-Wish®. They ask what her one true wish would be. She doesn’t want to be, to go, to have, or to meet. She wants to give.
Lauren imagines a bunny blanket like hers for each patient in the hospital … steadfast, plush-furred allies to help them all get through the toughest times of their lives. Each one hand-delivered by someone who knows every fear, every sleepless night.
Her big day arrives. Lauren leads the way as her helpers push a cart overflowing with stuffed bunny blankets, each her gift of hope and comfort to hospital patients. She hugs each bunny before she hands it to each patient.
When she offers bunnies to the older kids, she worries: Are they too grown-up for a bunny? Do they like it? Yes, they do. They understand, as only those facing a life-threatening condition can. Each gift of a blanket leaves giver and recipient smiling – not to mention everyone who witnesses Lauren’s acts of kindness.
Lauren’s mom, Marlena, is overcome with pride. She knows her daughter just made the world better. “I’ve always said ‘when I grow up, I want to be like Lauren,’” she says. “I can only hope.”
As Lauren grows up, she can remember her wish and all it accomplished. She can know that it’s possible to change lives. And she can find the strength to overcome her own challenges.
I’ve always said ‘when I grow up, I want to be like Lauren