A former Make-A-Wish recipient, 11-year-old Christine Zwald of Ridgway recently won a holiday greetings card contest.
Christine is the daughter of Mike and April Zwald of Ridgway. Her drawing entitled "Little Saint Nick" was granted one of the four designs for this year’s Make-A-Wish Foundation’s holiday greeting cards.
The winning designs were chosen from dozens of submissions. All of the participating children along with Christine were previously granted wishes to go to the Walt Disney World Resort.
“Christine was granted a trip to Disney World when she was seven years old,” April said. “She had a life-threatening heart condition so she was recommended to Make-A-Wish.”
Three heart surgeries later, Christine is vibrant and well. Now that she is doing better, she said she wanted to participate in the contest to inspire others.
“I like to draw and thought it would be fun,” Christine said. “It is inspiring to other Make-A-Wish kids because it is a once in a lifetime thing.”