In 2011, Lamontia, a 12-year-old girl from Knightdale was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer affecting the connective tissue around her nerves. Since then, she’s been in and out of medical centers undergoing chemotherapy treatments, keeping up with friends and schoolwork on hospital computers. But she didn’t have the luxury of Internet access at her home - at least until Make-A-Wish® Eastern North Carolina surprised her on November 16, 2012 with a new laptop computer, peripherals and free Internet access for a year.
Lamontia’s wish to have a new laptop computer and a printer was made possible thanks to generous donations from a group of employees at Quintiles with support from the company’s matching gifts program. In addition, the Best Buy location in Knightdale kindly donated more than $400 in software, computer accessories and in-home setup.
“It’s such a big surprise, I’m so happy,” Lamontia told news reporters when she received her wish. “I didn’t know what was happening.”
Reporters and Make-A-Wish staff and volunteers were waiting for Lamontia when she got off her school bus. They led her inside the house where her family was waiting to unveil her new laptop. Lamontia worked hard to fight back tears, but cracked a smile when her grandmother entered the room.
“I love seeing them big ol’ dimples,” said her grandmother. “That’s all I care about.”
Following delivery of the computer, a private “Wish Party” was held for Lamontia’s family and friends at Zaxby’s courtesy of Jim Farmer, owner of the franchise in Knightdale.
The wish marked the 2,500th wish that Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina has granted during its 25-year history. As a staff, we are privileged to serve the families in our 49-county region and are grateful to all of our donors, sponsors and volunteers who help us make every wish a milestone wish.