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.”
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.