INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (February 2020): Mariam loves basketball and is a dedicated fan of her home team, the Indiana Pacers. She also enjoys other sports like cheerleading and dancing, and wishes she had a hover board to learn tricks on. Kids Wish Network, a children’s charity that grants wishes for kids with life-threatening illnesses, gave Mariam an all-encompassing sports wish, purchasing her a generous gift card to Academy Sports. Mariam can’t wait to pick out all of her favorite things to continue her love of athletics. Mariam struggles with sickle cell anemia, an inherited condition in which there aren’t enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen throughout the body. “Mariam’s wish will enable her to further explore her love of sports,” said Kids Wish Network Executive Director Tam Lai.