Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
RIVERTON — Kimmie Hansen couldn't contain her excitement when she heard the news.
“Oh, my gosh! I knew this day would come,” she said while jumping up and down. “I'm so happy!”
Wish granters from the Make-A-Wish Foundation surprised the ninth-grader Tuesday at Oquirrh Hills Middle School and told her that her wish of meeting Buddy, also known as the "Cake Boss," star of the TLC reality show of the same name, was going to come true.
"I felt so surprised when I first saw all my friends and cousins and everyone I love," she said. “We are going to make a cake, and my wish is coming true.”
Kimmie made her wish about six weeks ago, and three weeks ago, her mother was told the wish was going to be granted.
“This is so neat,” said Kris Hansen, Kimmie's mother. “We've been able to go on a couple of trips, but mainly it's been to see doctors and things like that, so to be able to just go and have a good time and be able to just play is just a really neat opportunity.”
Kimmie suffers from Dravet syndrome, which is a severe form of epilepsy. She suffered her first seizure when she was just 2 weeks old and has experienced more than 500,000 so far in her short life.
But the 14-year-old doesn't let it get her down, her mother said, and through it all, she smiles.
Kimmie loves to cook, though her mother admits she didn't get her talents from her.
“She became a baker because of Buddy,” Kris Hansen said with a laugh. “She watches ('Cake Boss') like kids watch Barney, over and over again.”
Trenna Widener, a volunteer wish granter for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, said days like Tuesday are very gratifying.
“These kids have life-threatening illness, and it's amazing to see the difference when their wishes are granted, and just the anticipation of having their wish granted,” she said. “They just get excited, and they start feeling better, and it just helps the whole family's morale.”
Kimmie also makes time to raise awareness about epilepsy. She has met Gov. Gary Herbert, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah. She has also participated in races and special events.
Along with finding out her wish was coming true, she received an official chef's coat Tuesday and decorated cupcakes with friends and family.
Activities will also be planned for the entire family once they are in New York City.
“I'm meeting my favorite guy on TV — the Cake Boss,” she said.
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