Skiatook girl with rare bone disease is home after stranger donates private plane ride to family

Posted at 8:15 PM, Dec 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-20 23:19:27-05

TULSA - A Skiatook girl with a rare bone disease is home Wednesday, after a perfect stranger granted her family's only Christmas wish.

A few weeks ago 2 Works for You introduced you to Mackenzie Garrison, a Skiatook girl battling a fierce bone marrow disease. 

Her parents said all they wanted was to get her home for the holidays. 

Donny Garrison anxiously checked his phone. 

“Really emotional, I don’t really know how to explain it.”

He and his family waiting, balloons in hand, for his daughter Mackenzie.  

         “I’m just glad they’re going to be here for the holidays," said Mackenzie's aunt Melissa Garrison.

The 18-month-old diagnosed with bone marrow failure this summer has been in Boston with her mother for a life-saving transplant. 

The doctors said it went so well they sent her home early, just in time for Christmas.

“I want her to know what Christmas can be like if this is her last Christmas. She might not be here next year so I want her to enjoy it," her mother Lacey Garrison told 2 Works for You nine days before arriving home. 

But, much like most of her life there was a huge roadblock. 

She needed a private, quarantined flight, something this family couldn't afford; but one selfless Jenks resident could. 

“She said I have a plane, asked me a few questions, and I had an itinerary in two hours," Lacey said. 

Wednesday afternoon when those doors opened, Mackenzie's family couldn't wait. 

There wasn't a dry eye in the house, the family letting go of every struggle it took to get here. 

But Miss Mackenzie didn't have time for pleasantries, hitting the ground running. 

“I think she knows she’s home, she’s been running around all day today like a wild woman. She knows she’s home.”

And after dad packed up the presents, she finally got to go home. 

Making a B-Line for her toys it was clear. 

“So she’ll wake up and see her daddy on Christmas.”

Her candy, her toys, in her house in dad's arms, was exactly what the doctor ordered. 

“I just hope the transplant goes well and keeps her here with us," Melissa said. 

The 2 Works for You viewer who made this possible wants to remain anonymous, but called the entire experience "A God thing." 

The family now waits to see if Mackenzie's transplant was a success as she's taken off of some of her medications. 

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