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Christy Fleming
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The managing editor of TownSquareDelaware.com, Christy Fleming also supports a variety of non-profit initiatives in Delaware. Her background includes positions in public relations, advertising and journalism.

Amy Hopkins and her daughter Sara were surprised with a parade of cars and police vehicles yesterday as the local Make-A-Wish chapter unveiled a new fence for Sara’s dogs

Zeke and Angel, both young German Shepherds, mean the world to 15-year-old Sara Hopkins, who is deaf and has a genetic disorder.

The young teen who hopes to work as a veterinarian when she’s older takes her dogs on walks every day under the careful control of two leashes, and she plays with them indoors.

But her dogs are big, and they like to run. And sometimes it’s just not convenient to take her dogs on a walk.

Sara’s dogs spent lots of time indoors until Make-A-Wish granted her wish yesterday for a backyard fence

So because of her health condition, Sara’s parents asked the local chapter of the Make-A-Wish foundation if they could grant Sara’s wish to construct a fence around their backyard where her dogs could roam freely and safely for hours a day.

“For two years my dogs couldn’t play because they would always have a collar on. I really wanted to have a fence because it would offer my dogs freedom,” Sara signed to her interpreter. 

 

Her wish came true yesterday when Make-A-Wish Philadelphia, Delaware & Susquehanna Valley surprised Sara with a car parade outside her home as they unveiled a completed 70-foot long bright white fence enclosing her entire backyard.

Several cars driven by members of the local Make-A-Wish chapter led the parade with colorful posters and balloons adorning their vehicles. And they were followed local Brandywine Fire Company and the New Castle County Police.

Sara knows she could have also asked Make-A-Wish to sponsor a trip. “But this we have forever,” she said.

Wearing a face mask for protection, Make-A-Wish Philadelphia, Delaware and Susquehanna Valley President Dennis Heron said he was delighted that in the era of the pandemic that his organization was still able to make this milestone wish come true.

“You might not be able to tell but I’m smiling ear to ear. Many of our wishes had to big postponed because of the travel and large gathering ban. So this is extra exciting for us to be able to deliver a wish that really was to give to her whole family, not just herself. And that is touching to us as an organization.”

Members of Sara Hopkins’ family along with local chapter president Dennis Heron and an interpreter from the Make-A-Wish Foundation

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