A girl who suffers Type 1 diabetes got her wish Saturday, receiving a camera from a charity called the Kids Wish Network and a tour of the Salato Wildlife Education Center.
Sadie Miller, who is 12 and lives in Frankfort, received a Cannon Rebel T6 camera and tripod from the Florida-based foundation during an event at Salato, then toured the wildlife center, according to a news release and Emily Bennett, a staff member at the center.
The wildlife center, operated by the state Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources, gave Sadie a T-shirt and a backpack filled with coloring books and other items, Bennett said.
“She was really excited,” Bennett said of Sadie. “I think she was kind of stunned about the whole thing.”
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Sadie toured the wildlife center with volunteer Mindy Rose, who showed her how to use the camera.
Sadie was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes after her parents noticed symptoms such as constant thirst and rapid weight loss. She uses a glucose monitor to check her blood-sugar levels and an insulin pump to administer medication, according to the foundation.
The foundation said in a release that Sadie is optimistic and compassionate, loves taking photos and listening to country music, and can play the guitar, flute and keyboard.