5-year-old's Christmas wish is a tombstone for sister

By Susan-Elizabeth Littlefield - bio | email

ORANGEBURG, SC (WIS) - A 5-year-old Orangeburg boy has received his Christmas wish - a tombstone for his twin sister who died two years ago.

"All he asked for was a headstone and a bike," said Gabe Ward's mother, Carolyn.

In 2008, Gabe's twin sister Gabby died of a birth defect. "I had paid for one of these stones when she died, and I never got it," said Carolyn, who adopted the pair at birth.

At $2,300, Gabe's request was a lot more expensive than a Wii or a Playstation. "Me and my friends was trying to make that possible, and I got that special call," said Carolyn.

"We said it's not a problem on the money," said Ricky Worth, who owns a monument company in Orangeburg. "We said just tell us what you want and how we can serve you."

Worth donated the headstone. "This would be one of the highlights of our 30 years being in the business," he said.

Gabe turned down toys to get the tombstone. His only request was it have his sister's picture on it. Ward says that normally costs $1,500, but will be done for free for them.

Ward says she thanks God for a Christmas miracle. While Gabe is a child of few words, his expressions say he's quite grateful for a gift he will never outgrow.

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