Week of Wishes: Chesterfield girl becomes a princess, meets Cinderella

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — All this week, Good Morning Richmond is sharing stories of the children having their dreams made into reality thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Today, we’re introducing you to Charlotte Cavanagh, a little girl who has beat the odds to become a princess.

You’d never know it by looking at her infectious smile, but Charlotte is battling a metabolic disorder called propionic acidemia, which makes patients intolerant to protein. The condition has impacted almost every aspect of her and her family’s lives.

“When she was two and a half she needed a liver transplant,” said Charlotte’s mom, Kathleen Cavanagh. “Our whole life was… how do we keep her alive?”

(Photos courtesy Kathleen Cavanagh)

Throughout her battle, though, Charlotte found joy in the sounds of her favorite princesses.

“She had these singalong videos,” Kathleen said. “She loved them.”

“Who’s your favorite princess?” 8News anchor Amanda Malkowski asked.

“Cinderella,” Charlotte said.

“Why?” Amanda asked.

“Because she likes to dance with me,” Charlotte replied.

Through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Charlotte got the chance to not only become a princess herself, but also meet her favorite royal character.

(Photo courtesy Kathleen Cavanagh)

“Bless her heart, she had her feeding tube backpack on, which didn’t bother her, but she’s dancing around this ballroom with Cinderella, and I’m just in tears.”

It was a moment Charlotte will never forget.

(Photos courtesy Kathleen Cavanaugh)
(Photos courtesy Kathleen Cavanagh)

The grateful little girl even took a moment during her interview with Amanda to say her prayers.

“I’m going to say my prayers when I’m done talking.

“Bless us, Lord,” Charlotte prayed. “Father, son, holy spirit…Now I ‘m done!”


Charlotte has a reading level far beyond what any doctor thought it would be at this point. Her dad actually became a volunteer for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Tune into GMR every morning through May 6 to meet more children having their dreams come true thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. 

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