A California girl with a "West Coast attitude and cowgirl heart" inspired her parents to move to
Wyoming so she could do what she loves every day: ride horses.

Alyx was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma -- a type of cancer. Despite being bucked off "a time or two" she and her parents now call Casper home and are thrilled to have horses she can ride every day.

Since settling in Casper, Alyx and her family are the proud owners of two horses with a third on the way. In 2022, Alyx began learning English riding, which includes jumping poles, and even began preparing for a show in Fort Collins to be held in the summer of 2023.

Before the family could make it to Colorado for the 2-day event, Alyx approached her father with some pain in her shoulder. After a few doctor visits, scans, and biopsies, Alyx was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma which would require six months of treatment and no horse show in Fort Collins.

“Alyx handled her treatment like a champ. She stayed so strong and handled it well for a 15-year-old. Of course, all she wanted to do at this point was to ride and jump horses, but with her treatment, she could barely get out of bed. Then, while we were at Denver Children’s Hospital, we were referred to Make-A-Wish Wyoming,” says Alyx’s father, Bryan.

After much consideration and brainstorming, Alyx decided on the ultimate wish: a horse trailer so she and her family could travel to shows and outdoor spaces where she could ride. During Make-A-Wish Wyoming’s 2023 Stories of Light Gala in Casper this past November, Alyx’s dream wish came true and she received her very own horse trailer.

“She’s beyond ecstatic for her trailer. Since her wish was granted in November, she’s already been planning everywhere we can go for her to ride, from state parks to shows in Colorado,” says Bryan.

Just days after Alyx’s wish for a horse trailer was granted, she and her family went back to Denver Children’s Hospital where she got clean scans and rang the bell signaling the end of her cancer treatment. Since this celebration marking the end of her treatment, Alyx has started to regain her strength, continue school, and, most importantly to her, she’s back to riding horses.

“The impact of this wish has just been incredible for Alyx and our entire family. The Make-A-Wish Wyoming volunteers were some of the greatest people we’ve ever met. From the first time we met with the volunteers, to making a list of possible wishes, this whole experience gave Alyx something to look forward to while taking her mind off what was going on with her diagnosis. This whole experience has been absolutely amazing,” says Bryan.

Festival of Lights in Casper

Gallery Credit: Kolby Fedore

Pictures from Fort Caspar's Candlelight Christmas Event 2022

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