The Higginbothams were flown in on Southwest Airlines from Lavon Texas, spending a week at the very posh Boca Raton Resort and Club. Make-A-Wish wanting to give the family a break from life in general.
Stu Opperman, Spokesperson for the Make-A-Wish South Florida says, "We want to give them a real break from the daily life, and some of the struggles of the medical problems."
What is Katie's wish? It's to get up close with a koala. Stu explains, "It turns out the Palm Beach Zoo is one of the few places in the country that you can actually get up close and personal a with the koala."
Katie's dad Rick explains, "We've been looking forward to this for a really long time, and just getting one of the wishes to come true is been an absolute blessing."
Katie's mom Lori explains her condition, "She was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2016, DIPG, which is terminal."
Stu says Make-A-Wish helps both critically-ill and terminally-ill children.
Zoo Keeper Tabitha Beckens spent the afternoon showing Katie the Queensland Koalas named Oz and Katherine. Tabitha says she was teary-eyed this morning before she came into work and that getting to do this for Katie was meaningful.
Tabitha reflex, "To be able to grant a wish for someone is amazing, so it's not every day you get to do that for somebody."