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Best friends from St. Anthony of Padua receive Make-A-Wish surprise on “Good Morning America”

December 19, 2019
St. Anthony students watch two of their classmates appear on "Good Morning America".

Best friends Langley and Emily are kindergartners at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School in Grand Rapids. The five-year-old girls have bonded with each other over many of the typical things which bring young friends together – but they’ve also been there for each other through battles with the serious illnesses of leukemia and dysautonomia.

The story of their friendship caught the attention of Make-A-Wish and “Good Morning America”. The girls and their families were invited to New York City to be in-studio guests on the TV show on December 19, 2019. Live on the air, they and their families were surprised with a special wish come true. Watch the video below or at this link to see what happened.

Back in Grand Rapids, St. Anthony students gathered for an assembly to watch their classmates’ “GMA” appearance. The school community has been offering support for the girls in various ways, including things like prayers and making cards. Their watch party was one more show of support for these brave young friends. Representatives from Make-A-Wish Michigan were there, too, telling the students about their mission to encourage children facing critical illnesses.

Make-A-Wish Michigan produced a fun video recapping the day's events. Watch it below or at this link.

Plus, WOOD TV covered the watch party. See their story below or at this link.

Additionally, see photos from the school event in the gallery below or at this link.

St. Anthony students gather to watch classmates on "Good Morning America"

Enjoy your trip to Disney World this coming spring, Langley and Emily! We are praying for you!

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School educates more than 280 students in preschool through 8th grade. Learn more here.