Superheroes make dying child’s wish come true

Savannah Gomez builds a bear, buys princess wardrobe

SAN ANTONIO - The family of 6-year-old Savannah Gomez  has no idea how much time she has left. But thanks to the kindness of strangers, she and her family are making lasting memories as she fights an inoperable brain tumor.

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One of her wishes was to visit Build A Bear Workshop to make her very own stuffed animal. And “super hero” volunteers with NDG Hero’s and More made it happen.

Characters like Batman, Spiderman, Snow White and Poison Ivy were on hand at North Star Mall as Savannah created several furry friends.

“It was very fulfilling because she would go to each rack and pick all her little dresses out and she'd say what shoes she wanted with them,” said Poison Ivy. “And when I told her she could have anything she wanted, she just had a big pile. Her little lap was just full of all these dresses. It was wonderful."

“The magic of a toy, just how much joy that can bring ... it was beautiful. It was a miracle,” Batman said.

And Savannah’s fairytale day wasn’t over yet.

Her heroes took her to the Disney Store next to buy whatever she wanted.

The Gomez family has seen a tremendous outpouring of support after word of Savannah’s illness spread.

“Its been crazy, but its been very emotional,” said her mother, Sylvia. “Its just amazing to see everybody come together and show all the love they have for her.”

That love has spread beyond San Antonio, too.

Earlier Tuesday, a radio station made it possible for Savannah to speak face-to-face online with one of her favorite pop stars, Selena Gomez.

“She asked what her favorite color was. Simple questions. She was shy at first and didn’t want to talk, but she was very happy,” said Sylvia.

And making Savannah happy is what counts.

“I guess you could say we're just living day by day and just praying that she's here with us and wakes up with us every morning,” Sylvia said.

Savannah is no longer undergoing treatment. Her hospice care is being paid for, but her family knows other expenses are still to come.

A donation page has been set up for Savannah at http://www.gofundme.com/3rqt60.

You can also find a prayer page for Savannah on Facebook.

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