Note: Originally published as “LDS family of 14-year-old with cystic fibrosis shares faith, gratitude for Make-A-Wish trip” on December 14, 2016, by Kelsey Schwab Adams, For the Deseret News.
“Needless to say, Heavenly Father has blessed her by keeping her body healthy and has blessed us by keeping us strong. Not one day goes by that I don’t thank him for that. He has been there for me and he has been there for her.”
When Tasha Bess found out her daughter, Rylee Bess, was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at 4, the only thing she could do was to fall to her knees and pray.
“I felt very out of control,” said Tasha Bess, of Perry, Box Elder County, who is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “I remember after getting down on my knees, the first scripture that came to me was ‘my peace I give unto you’ (John 14:27), and I knew everything was going to be OK. My faith has grown immeasurable amounts.”
She said she continued to receive “confirmation after confirmation” that her daughter was going to be safe and strong, despite the negative effects of the disease on Rylee’s body. Now, 10 years later, Make-A-Wish Utah and Macy’s have teamed up to brighten the 14-year-old’s Christmas season.
Featured Image: Wardrobe stylist Alicia Richmond poses for a photo with Rylee Bess, 14, at the Macy’s at City Creek Center in Salt Lake City on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. Rylee, of Perry, has been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis and was granted a makeover by Macy’s and Make-A-Wish Utah as part of the retailer’s National Believe Day. Credit: Spenser Heaps, Deseret News