Make-A-Want Recipients place a wager and pet a horse at Keeneland

LEXINGTON, Ky.(WTVQ) – On Thursday, Keeneland hosted some VIPs because the observe held its 14th annual ‘Make-A-Want’ Day. Yearly, the realm horse farms and organizations workforce up with the observe to grant needs to deserving youngsters, together with Lilly Gregory. Gregory has spent all of her younger life battling an incurable situation. The 14-year-old from Windsor Kentucky is rather like different women her age in coronary heart, physique and thoughts with a love for journey. Nevertheless, she’s grown up a bit of in a different way than most.

She was adopted after being in foster care about 3 years in the past. Initially, Lilly is from Mississippi. Her household took her in 2 years in the past and introduced her to Kentucky after studying she wanted particular look after a situation she was born with.

“We had gotten a name about taking in a teen sibling group and it advised me that the youngest had cystic fibrosis. I had heard about that situation however had by no means identified anybody personally,” explains Cassie Gregory, Lilly’s adoptive mother.

When she was 7 days outdated, Lilly was identified with Cystic Fibrosis, an incurable situation causes harm to her lungs, digestive system and different organs in her physique and makes it powerful for her to realize weight. Regardless of these challenges, Lilly’s turned impressed by her personal situation.

“I grew up within the hospital since I used to be sort of unhealthy..Once I was little so I feel that’s the place I obtained the concept of desirous to be a nurse,” explains Lilly.

On Thursday, throughout Keeneland’s Make-A-Want day Lilly met jockeys, was offered with a Julep Cup and made a wager on a horse. In the course of the day she additionally offered the successful trophy within the Winner’s Circle and fed a peppermint or two to one of many horses. She says out of all of the occasions of the day, the best a part of this journey was having her household be part of it along with her.

“I feel it looks like actually wonderful,” says Lilly.

Her household in flip saying they’re glad she’s part of them and a part of her journey after formally adopting her simply over a 12 months in the past.

“All people needs the little infants and that’s tremendous however these guys are nice. It’s one of the best choice we’ve ever made,” says Cassie Gregory.


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