Wish Upon A Hero grants wish for wounded warrior and family
By Sonya Stevenssstevens@abcnews4.com
ORANGEBURG, S.C. (WCIV) -- It was a day to celebrate for one wounded warrior and his family.
The Knight family has had their fair share of hard times, but things are starting to look up thanks the one organization.
Representatives from the Atlanta branch of Wish Upon A Hero Foundation made the trip to Orangeburg today to grant the Knight family their wish.
"I would love to present a check in the amount of 1,645 dollars," said Will Berger with Wish Upon A Hero Foundation.
The money will cover three car payments and for the wife and mother, Sharon Knight, it means a lot.
"It was just a relief because the issue with the vehicle has been a serious concern of ours because it is the vehicle that we use to get my husband to and from the hospital," said Sharon Knight. "It was something that we need, it was a Godsend."
Her husband, Marrion Knight, served 11 years in the Navy including a year in Iraq.
"He came back, he had some re-adjustment issues, post traumatic stress. He was in an explosion in Iraq," said Knight. "Finally figured out he ended up with TBI. He did really well, we went over to Japan and we were there during the big earthquake last year and because his family was in Japan and he was deployed again, it retriggered his PTS."
Marrion is now medically retired and has moved back to Orangeburg where he has the love and support of his family.
"A lot of my friends and people around me have been through the same thing and not had the support and it's been tremendous, a big help, definitely has...it has made a difference," said Marrion Knight.
And Wish Upon a Hero has also made a difference for this family.
"They really are a small hero to us because my husband is my hero and our girls," said Sharon Knight. "He has overcome everything that is been set in front of him and to have someone step up and help us, it means a lot, an awful lot."
Looking ahead, the Knight family is taking it one day at a time.
"I'm pretty amazed that my family has gotten through this together, that we are still in tact as a family," said Adrianna Knight, oldest daughter. "Me, my mom and my dad are the oldest in the family and then there are four younger ones, so I'm amazed and I'm happy."
Marrion is continuing treatment for his PTSD and also just got accepted into the Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic at Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia. His children are all in their new schools and his wife is currently looking for a job.