Wishes Come True with Lenihan

Hailey, Linda and Dennis Baughn all smiled and watched as Brooklyn held Audrey for the first time. (Photos by Bill Wine.)

By Tonya Abeln  |  Nonprofit Profile

Sometimes when you make a wish, it does come true thanks to the combined efforts of Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana and Lenihan Sotheby’s International Realty. On May 16, the nonprofit and luxury real estate firm conspired to surprise a 12-year-old with a labradoodle puppy.

Brooklyn, of Elizabeth, Indiana, is battling a complex genetic condition and COPD. The

Brooklynn Baughn, “Audrey” and Principal Broker / Owner John Lenihan.

preteen had never had a dog of her own but developed a strong bond with a therapy dog during the course of her treatment. After her canine therapy ended, she missed the companionship of a dog and wished to have a puppy.

Her wish was granted through support from Lenihan Sotheby’s International Realty, which kicked off their “Wishes Come True” fundraising campaign late last year. At that time, the firm announced that they would donate $50 from each home sale transaction through fall 2018. Through those efforts, they have already raised $25,600, which equaled enough funds to grant three wishes. In addition to Brooklyn’s puppy and the puppy care supplies they presented to her, Lenihan will also help send 15-year-old wish kid Lanier to Australia later this month. John Wurth, vice president of marketing for Lenihan, says area residents who purchase a home with Lenihan Sotheby’s International Realty (representing either the buyer or seller) are being included in the “Wishes Come True” campaign.

Make-A-Wish relies on partners like Lenihan Sotheby’s International Realty and the financial support of the local community to grant wishes like Brooklyn’s. You can learn more at