WEST RICHLAND -- A broad smile instantly spread across 6-year-old Miette Nelson's face Sunday as two Corvettes parted, revealing the cancer survivor's dream house on wheels.
In front of the West Richland girl was her newly renovated 31-foot Airstream trailer. Behind her were more than 100 excited supporters.
A colorful sign on a chair in front of the silver trailer summed up the emotional moment.
"Life is a dream in an Airstream," it read.
The newly outfitted 1972 trailer -- presented to Miette in the Barracuda Coffee Company parking lot in Richland -- was the culmination of more than a month's worth of work from members of Washington's Make-A-Wish Foundation and numerous Tri-City businesses.
Miette's wish was to fix the trailer so her family could travel the country.
"She was thinking about going to Disneyland," said her mother, Lisa Nelson. "But she said, 'When I get back I won't have anything left.' "
Miette was diagnosed in February 2012 with a form of cancer called Ewing's sarcoma, a cancerous bone or soft tissue tumor that usually affects children.
A family friend, who is also a surgeon, discovered the cancer while treating the girl for a bruise on her leg.
The family moved to Spokane following the diagnosis to live together as Miette underwent chemotherapy and surgery.
"It was our worst nightmare," Lisa Nelson said. "I remember when the nurse came to start her first chemo. I just wanted to take her and run."
After two rounds of chemo and surgery to remove the tumor from above her right tibia, Miette is now cancer free.
Her last round of chemo was more than seven months ago and doctors say the prognosis is good, Lisa Nelson said.
Sunday marked another day where Miette could get back to being a normal kid again.
Family, friends and supporters gathered at the coffee shop as Miette made free coffee -- she has always wanted to be a barista with her dad -- and kids ate ice cream. A local band provided music and serenaded Miette with You Are My Sunshine.
Miette's wish is part of the "100 years. 100 wishes" program, which is sponsored by ice cream manufacturer Wells Enterprise Inc, makers of Blue Bunny ice cream. Make-A-Wish and Wells have teamed up to grant 100 wishes to 100 kids with life-threatening diseases throughout the nation in 2013. So far, 22 wishes have been granted, according to the Blue Bunny website.
Miette's wish also kicked off the Wish Week in the Tri-Cities.
Wish Week aims to bring awareness to kids with life-threatening diseases and raise money so area volunteers can help make the 40 wishes Make-A-Wish grants in the Tri-Cities every year possible, said Leslie Woodfill, the foundation's regional co-director.
The trailer Miette received was built almost entirely with about $15,000 worth of donations from area business and private donors, said Angela Geiss of Make-A-Wish.
The trailer was completely gutted, then custom bunkbeds, a rebuilt kitchen and bathroom, as well as a new interior, were put in.
Miette said she was most excited about the custom cage under her bed for her guinea pig Tina Turner.
Miette's dad Kelly Nelson said there were times when he thought his daughter may not live to see her next birthday, let alone experience the joy Make-A-Wish has brought into her life.
"It's still surreal," he said. "The initial reaction is, this isn't happening."
The family already has a trip planned across country in the trailer this summer to visit family on the East Coast.
For more information about Wish Week and Make-A-Wish, go to www.akwa.wish.org.