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DORRIS, Calif. — When 15-year-old Quiana of Dorris, California was diagnosed with cancer, raising and showing pigs at competitions gave her something to focus on — something that kept her looking forward.
“It seemed to spark a little fire in her,” said Quiana's mother, Ellen. “It got her outside and it got her doing something, because she had a goal to work towards.”
Quiana has always enjoyed raising pigs and bringing them to the county fair to show. But a year ago, she got the opportunity to show her pigs at a national competition in Arizona. The event, and her good performance, got her hooked.
Now that Quiana is in remission, Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area, which serves Northern California, granted Quiana's wish — to get a trailer that can safely carry her pigs to competitions around the country.
According to Make-A-Wish, Supreme Trailer Sales in Oklahoma designed a top-of-the-line air-conditioned trailer for Quiana and towed it to Northern California, just in time for her to use it for a competition in December.
"While Make-A-Make-A-Wish® is able to safely grant wishes like Quiana’s, more than 5,000 wishes nationwide that involve traveling, gathering, or other health and safety concerns are still on hold as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic," the organization says.