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Puppy Wish Comes True for Jefferson County Girl


November 17, 2014

Make-A-Wish® Central New York finds five-year-old dream puppy

Fort Drum, N.Y.—In October, five-year-old Saniyah Barber’s wish to have a puppy came true.

Saniyah, who has neuroblastoma, knew exactly what kind of puppy she wanted - a white female poodle that she would name Minnie Monet Barber. With help from Petland, Make-A-Wish® Central New York was able to find Saniyah her dream puppy.Saniyah

“I was so excited when I learned that Saniyah’s wish was to have a puppy,” said Frances Haxton, one of Saniyah’s Wish Granters. “To me, there is nothing in this world more magical. Loving and being loved by a puppy is transformative and I think having Minnie will have enduring power for Saniyah.”

The day Minnie arrived at her new home she was greeted by Saniyah and her family. Saniyah and Minnie were surprised with three big baskets of goodies that included Minnie’s birth announcement, a show-and-tell book for Saniyah to share with her friends at school, different collars, a training book, bath time supplies and lots of toys!

Marcee Barber, Saniyah’s mother, said her favorite part of the day was the look on Saniyah’s face.

“Saniyah was so excited,” she said. “We wanted it to be a complete surprise, so she had no idea Minnie was coming.”

Marcee happily reports that Minnie continues to bring joy and love to Saniyah and the rest of the Barber family.

Incorporated in 1985, Make-A-Wish Central New York is dedicated to granting the special wishes of children between the ages of 2 ½ and 18 who are living with life-threatening medical conditions. Since its inception, the organization has granted more than 1500 wishes throughout its 15-county region, which includes Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Otsego, St. Lawrence, Tioga and Tompkins counties.

Make-A-Wish is able to continue to share the power of a wish® thanks to the generous support of the community. For more information, call (800) 846-WISH, visit, or email

.JPG Caption #1: Saniyah the day her wish came true holding her new best friend Minnie

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