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Kylie's Wish Becomes a Selfless Gift

  • Kylie and her mom share a special bond that will only be strengthened by Kylie's wish.
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  • Wish mom Lisa receives her first clue about Kylie's wish destination.
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  • The clues help Kylie lead her mom on a scavenger hunt throughout the store.
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  • Can you tell what destination these clues are pointing to?
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  • Kylie reveals that her wish is coming true, and she is taking her mom to Hawaii!
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  • More than 98 percent of parents agree that wishes help their families feel "normal" again.
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“ It just makes my heart smile! ”


- Lisa, Kylie's mom

Lisa walked into her local Fred Meyer store thinking she was meeting with her daughter’s Make-A-Wish volunteers to sign paperwork.

But when she arrived, she saw her daughter, Kylie, ready to lead her around the store for a Hawaiian-themed scavenger hunt prepared just for Lisa. 

An epic surprise

The hunt culminated in Kylie’s surprise announcement. She sat her mom down with a Hawaiian lei around her neck. “Mom,” her voice broke as she started to cry. “Thank you for everything you’ve done. I’m taking you to Maui.”

“Are you kidding?” said Lisa as she hugged her daughter through tears.

When Kylie was born, doctors told her parents that 80 percent of the babies born with her rare genetic condition do not live past two months of life. Kylie made it past two months, but her life has been dictated by doctor appointments, medical procedures and medications.

“It was painful to hear and learn about her condition, and extremely worrisome living every year, every month, every day just wondering what could happen and when,”said Lisa.

Last year, Kylie underwent surgery for a kidney transplant. Her mom was the donor.

“The fact that Kylie included me in her special, unbelievable Make-A-Wish is an incredible, big-hearted, selfless gift,” said Lisa. “It just makes my heart smile!”

Paying it forward

The significance of her mother’s gift of her kidney, in addition to all the support and love she has given Kylie over the years, made Kylie want to show her gratitude and do something special for her mom in return. “It’s important for my mom to be there for my wish because she has done so much for me,” she explained. “I thought doing a trip to Maui with her would be fun, as Hawaii is a place she has always wanted to visit.”

Now, Kylie and Lisa are busy dreaming of what activities they’ll do together in Hawaii. Driving home from doctor’s visits, sitting in waiting rooms, or just spending time together, Kylie and Lisa talk about the trip ahead and focus on the future.

A well-deserved wish bringing family even closer

“Kylie and I are, and have always been, very close and have an extraordinary bond,” said Lisa. “We love being with each other, and the fact that she included me in her special, unbelievable Make-A-Wish is an incredible, big-hearted, selfless gift that we will, together, treasure forever.”

Lisa and Kylie share a special bond that will only continue to be strengthened by Kylie’s wish. And they are not alone. Ninety-eight percent of parents said the wish experience gave them the opportunity to be a “normal” family again. Please consider donating today, or explore additional ways to help wish kids and their families experience the powerful possibilities of a wish.

The fact that she included me in her special, unbelievable Make-A-Wish is an incredible, big-hearted, selfless gift that we will, together, treasure forever. ”

— Lisa, Kylie's mom

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