It’s ‘Mermaid Day’ for girl with spinal muscular atrophy


PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A 10-year-old Portland girl had a pretty special day on August 6.

Wren Grabham has spinal muscular atrophy, a degenerative muscle disease. She’s been in a wheelchair since she was 3-years-old.

Make-a-Wish Oregon gifted Wren with her request — a swim spa so she could float out of her chair like a mermaid and have pool parties with her friends.

“I love to swim, I can float around all day,” Wren said. “I can sometimes stand up when I can reach the bottom. It makes it so that I can moves my legs around and stretch and stuff.”

On top of the swim spa, she also got a day named in her honor and a surprise block party. More than 150 people attended the party Saturday afternoon. An official from the mayor’s office came to proclaim that August 6 is officially “Mermaid Day” in Wren’s honor.

August is spinal muscular atrophy awareness month.

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Twitter News Widget

Trending Stories

Don't Miss

More Don't Miss