Ill Child Just Wants to Swim with Mermaids

Unusual request from a little one in Georgia — who just wants to experience some joy and fun

by HealthZette Staff | Updated 21 Nov 2017 at 10:17 AM

A seven-year-old girl who has been battling cancer since she was three has a list of things she would like to see and do as she enters hospice care.

Karma Lilly Little, of Danville, Georgia, was recently given between three and six months to live by her care teams in New York and Georgia, and has her heart set on swimming with mermaids, meeting Taylor Swift, and hunting for treasure, 13WMAZ reported.

Little, who was diagnosed with stage 4 high-risk neuroblastoma, also wants to see the Northern Lights, pet a sloth, ride in a hot air balloon, and go to the beach.

"Being given a time frame makes this nightmare a harsh reality for our family," Little's parents wrote August 20 on the "Believe in Karmiracles" Facebook page. "And it's unbearable to image our world without Karma. But we are still clinging to HOPE. A cure. Praying for Karma's miracle."

A follow-up post written on September 4 explained that Little has undergone more than 30 rounds of chemotherapy, radiation, and eight major surgeries as well as numerous experimental Phase 1 clinical trials.

"We have EXHAUSTED all effective options. So please don't suggest options making this difficult time even more stressful; because I promise we have tried it," the post said. "Please just pray. Pray for peace. Pray for comfort. Pray, we enjoy what time we have left with Karma because it's truly up to God and Karma. Thank you again for loving our family even in the darkest times."

Several of Little's bucket-list items have been scheduled, including swimming with mermaids, finding pearls, taking an airplane ride, completing a treasure hunt, visiting the Redwood Forest, and others.

The family has asked for donations to help with related travel expenses.

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