CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — 16-year-old Tia Cordell says to look at her you wouldn’t even know she was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, a progressive, genetic disease that affects the lungs.
However, her dreams are about to turn into reality thanks to The Make A Wish Foundation.
Cordell says she’s always been an outdoorsy, adventurous person, so she put a trip to Alaska on her wish list and The Make-A-Wish Foundation delivered.
Cordell heads out on Thursday for the trip up north, where she’s most excited to go dog sledding.
This was the local, non-profit Make-A-Wish Greater Virginia’s 5,000th granted wish.
She found out she was going two months ago, but her sendoff celebration was Tuesday afternoon at Greenbrier Farms in Chesapeake.
She says she and her family have already packed six huge duffle bags of clothes to keep warm during their ventures.
“It is definitely a disease that most people don’t realize that you have but if you are in bad health people can’t really see it because it’s not physically shown, but people can really struggle with it, but I just think if you just power through and have faith that everything will get better eventually then it will,” explained Cordell.
Tia says she recently got on some new medication that’s been making her feel better and she’s excited that happened right before her Alaskan adventure.