A former Make-A-Wish recipient, 11-year-old Christine Zwald of Ridgway recently won a holiday greetings card contest.
Christine is the daughter of Mike and April Zwald of Ridgway. Her drawing entitled "Little Saint Nick" was granted one of the four designs for this year’s Make-A-Wish Foundation’s holiday greeting cards.
The winning designs were chosen from dozens of submissions. All of the participating children along with Christine were previously granted wishes to go to the Walt Disney World Resort.
“Christine was granted a trip to Disney World when she was seven years old,” April said. “She had a life-threatening heart condition so she was recommended to Make-A-Wish.”
Three heart surgeries later, Christine is vibrant and well. Now that she is doing better, she said she wanted to participate in the contest to inspire others.
“I like to draw and thought it would be fun,” Christine said. “It is inspiring to other Make-A-Wish kids because it is a once in a lifetime thing.”
Christine completed her design in two days with loose leaf paper and colored pencils. Her design features Santa, his reindeer and sleigh.
“I chose Santa because I thought it’d be a great theme,” Christine said. “I was amazed when I won because I didn’t think I did that good.”
The cards can be found at the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s website, www.wishgreaterpa.org . The cards are available now and will be delivered around Thanksgiving. Proceeds benefit the foundation in greater Pennsylvania and Southern West Virginia helping make wishes come true for children with life-threatening medical conditions.
Pick up a copy of the Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.