It’s been a tough year for 17-year-old Ashton Eador who was diagnosed with systemic lupus when she was 11.
“It affects my joints, I’ll be really tired, I get a butterfly rash along my face and there’s days that I can’t get out of bed,” explained Make-A-Wish recipient Ashton Eador.
Since the age of six, Eador has been an avid swimmer, even making it to state with her relay team during her freshman year in high school. But now, her disease is more aggressive, and she hasn’t been able to compete.
And to make matters worse, she was teased at school.
“I will go to school and people will talk about it and I had an NJ tube because I was really sick. I couldn’t eat and people started saying I was anorexic,” said Ashton Eador.
“My daughter has been through a lot in the last few years and when she was in the hospital, she kept talking about wanting to go to the beach. So, I knew it was something that she would really be excited about,” said Sherri Eador, Ashton’s mother.
And just like that, her dream became reality. To brighten things up for her, Arvest Bank along with The Make-A-Wish Foundation granted her wish of taking a family vacation to the beach and surf.
“To be able to see this Wish Kid in person and get to talk to her is just a great feeling to know that we’re able to send her to the beach,” explained Avest Bank Marketing Director Amy Howe.
“I’ve gone to the beach before, but I don’t remember it and seeing that beach–it was crazy. It kind of made me forget about everything, forget about school and everything going on back home,” said Ashton Eador.
This is the first year the Nevada Arvest Bank branch has participated in Adopt-A-Wish along with Missouri’s Southern Missouri Regional Office in Springfield.
In order to grant more wishes, the branch is collecting donations from customers through the month of December. If you would like to make a donation, you can do so by visiting the branch located at 401 East Austin Boulevard in Nevada.