Make-A-Wish makes Scottsdale girl a Phoenix Suns dancer
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -
The Phoenix Suns' dance team welcomed a special new member Wednesday night: a 10-year-old named Ella Parkhill.
Ella has an incurable form of hypertension, which causes weakness in her heart and lungs. She was made an honorary Suns dancer, thanks to Make-A-Wish Arizona.
She rehearsed with the dancers pre-game, while her mother, father, and younger brothers watched on the court.
"She wants to do sleepovers and wants to do swimming and wants to do all these things, and she can't. Tonight is the night where she gets to do something that not every other 10-year-old gets to do," Ella's mother, Carly, said.
"Every once in a while we'll get an opportunity to do something really, really, really amazing like this," dancer Amanda Wade said.
They performed to a mix of music selected by Ella herself during halftime of the Suns game.
"In Ella's case, you could tell that she was just in awe of all the dancers, and the dancers have been so great with her. We couldn't be more happy," said Hollie Costello of Make-A-Wish Arizona.