Not even COVID-19 can stop some wishes from coming true.
“Covid has impacted all of us,” said Make-A-Wish communications manager Katie Ferrell, admitting they’ve had to make some adjustments before drawing attention to the positive.
“I can’t tell you how creative kids are, so we’re granting over 400 wishes this year.”
That’s why they rolled out the red carpet for an Ohio teen on Tuesday.
Make-A-Wish kid Jasmine was able to shop the Macy’s at Polaris without having to worry about other customers, as the store had opened early just for her.
“Her wish for a shopping spree will help bring her joy and hope, and now more than ever, that hope is essential!” said Stephanie McCormick, the president and CEO of the Make-A-Wish chapter serving Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana.
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Jasmine was diagnosed with cancer her junior year at Westerville South. She underwent chemotherapy and managed to graduate with the rest of her class. She’s now 19-years-old and ready to start her junior year at Otterbein with her cancer in remission—and some new clothes in her wardrobe.
Kids who want something other than a pretty new blouse, though, unfortunately might have to wait.
“We’ve had to temporarily pause wishes involving travel and large gatherings,” confirmed McCormick.
Indeed, because the organization estimates that 77% of wishes involve travel, thousands of wishes nationally have been delayed, and over 133 kids in Ohio have decided to postpone having theirs granted.
However, Jasmine only needed the help of a personal shopper. She was happy being joined by her mom and grandma, while being treated to lunch and a mani/pedi.
“Wishes can be powerful medicine,” said Ferrell. “We have a support base who believes that, too.”
Those wanting to help make someone else’s wish come true can do so here.