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Camlin's Wish on Parade: A Holiday Tradition Turned Wish

Each Thanksgiving for as long as she can remember, Camlin joins her family in front of the TV to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – it’s a comforting holiday tradition that she looks forward to each year.

So, following her diagnosis with leukemia and intensive medical treatments that impacted the entire family, nine-year-old Camlin wished to travel with her family to New York City to continue the parade watching tradition up close and personal.

According to Camlin’s mom, Kerrie, “The trip gave Camlin something to look forward to during the difficult times when she thought she was never going to get better.”

Camlin and her family experienced first-class treatment upon arriving in New York, and were chauffeured around in style to see many historic sights. On the big Thanksgiving Day, they rose at 4 a.m. and were taken by limousine to front row seats at the start of the parade. They spent the entire day marveling on the size and scope of the floats and how small they seemed on TV.

“When you have a child that has been through so much, a wish is a magical thing,” said Kerrie. “As a parent, I could never have provided an experience like this. Being part of such a joyful event in such a magnificent city helped us envision a positive future. And every year when we gather in front of the TV to watch the parade, we’ll be filled with  amazing memories of this time shared as a family with no care in the world.” 

Macy's Believe Returns for Third Year
Make-A-Wish is grateful to Macy’s for its continued commitment to wish granting and fundraising support of our mission. This includes the annual Believe campaign that kicked off earlier this month. 

Want to help make wishes like Camlin's come true with Macy’s? Bring your stamped letter addressed to Santa at the North Pole to any Macy’s and drop it into the Macy’s Santa Mail Letterbox from now until December 24. For each letter received, Macy’s will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish® America up to $1 million. Visit to learn more.

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