Child cancer survivor has wish fulfilled by Make-A-Wish of North Dakota

Today, a child cancer survivor from Fargo got her wish granted.

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GRAND FORKS — Ashlynn Simon, a 3-year-old survivor of retinoblastoma, or cancer of the eye, wanted nothing more than to go swimming.

Thankfully, Make-A-Wish North Dakota stepped in to help, sending Ashlynn and her family to Splasher's of the South Seas water park in Grand Forks on Friday, Aug. 20.

Ashlynn and her family enjoyed ice cream, presents, and time with friends before heading to Grand Forks in their very own limo.

"As soon as we were diagnosed with her retinoblastoma, a lot of our family, they set up a bank account so people could donate, because due to COVID, we couldn't hold any gatherings where people could, congregate and donate anything," said Leah Simon, Ashlynn's mother.

Simon and her family will be staying the weekend in Grand Forks, Leah Simon she is looking forward to seeing her daughter have a good time.


"It means a whole lot to us to be able to take this time to go up there and just see the smile on her face, and her have fun, and actually get to finally be a kid after last year where she had to go through so much. It's good to see a smile on her face again," said Simon.

Ben Morris joined WDAY in June of 2021 as a news reporter. He grew up in southern New Hampshire, before he moved to Fargo. He majored in media communications and minored in marketing at the University of Toledo in Ohio.
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