McKenna was 12 years old and lives in Willow, Alaska. McKenna asked for professional digital camera equipment to do filmmaking to help other sick children. Wish Upon the North Star granted her wish in 2005.
McKenna wrote to Wish Upon the North Star Jan. 17, 2007: “I was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer when I was 12. I immediately had to stay in Seattle for 2 1/2 months for chemotherapy. It was the worst experience I’ve ever had happen to me. Throughout my childhood I’d always loved movies and liked to make short ones with my very old video camera. My wish was to get a new camera, and the people at WIsh Upon the North Star gave me a really nice camera with all the equipment I ever dreamed of. They really made a tough situation a lot better and I love my camera. I am now almost 15 and doing well. I am very thankful to the people at Wish Upon the North Star. They do great things for kids who need that something extra to put a smile