Make-A-Wish New Mexico and officials from Doña Ana Community College (DACC) today held a news conference to announce the latest wish they have granted a child.
Delhery Gonzalez wished for a scholarship to continue her studies in education and started her academic career at DACC with other students for the first day of classes.
Make-A-Wish New Mexico today awarded her a $6,000 one-time scholarship for her education which will pay for classes, books, and other educational expenses. The funds will be deposited in her account at the college. Gonzalez will seek an Associate of Science degree and wants to continue her education in the medical science field so she can help children just as her doctors and medical professionals did for her.
Two years ago, Gonzalez was given two days to live after doctors discovered a tumor on her liver. Over the next several days she made a miraculous recovery that eventually enabled her to receive a new liver.
Make-A-Wish New Mexico is a non-profit that grants wishes to children with critical illnesses. They ask wish recipients to think about the one thing they have always dreamed about and then do all they can to make the wish come true.
“We welcome all our students back to school,” said DACC President Monica Torres, “We are especially pleased to have Delhery join us and we thank Make-A-Wish New Mexico for helping her realize her educational goals. This opportunity for her is what we offer all students, a chance to earn a degree or certificate that can change their life.”
“Make-A-Wish New Mexico is thrilled to grant Delhery’s wish,” said Sara Lister, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish New Mexico, “Delhery has an amazing story and her journey has only just begun. We wish her tremendous success as she starts her classes at Doña Ana Community College.”
DACC is the fourth largest higher educational institution in New Mexico and offers 43 Associate degrees and 56 certificates in general education and career technical fields.
To assist Gonzalez, Torres, Make-A-Wish New Mexico and DACC staff presented back to school essentials as well as several shirts and a ball cap from DACC and NMSU as she starts her academic journey.