If anyone deserves a day of celebration, love, and happiness, it’s Veronica. Battling a life-threatening respiratory condition, Veronica faces countless challenges every day.
So, she wished to have a quinceañera, a celebration of her 15th birthday and a day to focus on the good things in life.
“Today is a day about Veronica and celebrating the life she is living—her courage and ability to persevere through her challenges,” said volunteer and mom of another wish child, Amy Hatfield.
Amy knows firsthand how the anticipation of a wish can bring life-changing joy to children like Veronica. In 2011, her four-year-old son, Mitchell, received a wish. Sadly, Mitchell passed away, but the photos and memories of his wish are priceless to Amy. “As a parent you want so badly to make your child happy,” she said. “It’s such a blessing to have other people care and help you carry that burden.”
A community of people rallied together to make Veronica’s wish a reality—including a complete stranger who purchased and donated Veronica’s dress. A man who completely redecorated his van so that Veronica could arrive to her party in style. A make-up artist and hairstylist canceled her vacation to make Veronica feel beautiful on her big day. And, a DJ drove across the state to play her music and even brought her a quinceañera necklace.
These are the people who made Veronica’s wish come true: ordinary people who believe in the magic of a wish.
For Veronica, the wish began to impact her life long before the day of celebration. “For Veronica and other kids going through treatment, every day, there are a hundred things that she doesn’t want to do but has to do to get through the day,” said Helen Steele, Veronica’s case manager at her group home. “The wish gives her something to think about, look forward to and help her get through those hundred things she has to do.”
Wishes are an important part of total patient care and have a significant impact on the child’s health.
In the midst of trials no child or teenager should ever have to face, Veronica looked forward to a day of celebrating her strength and spirit, and not focusing on her medical condition.
“The wish has made me feel happy. Thank you for making my wish come true,” said Veronica.
We cannot grant wishes to kids like Veronica without help from people like you. To find out how you can help, visit akwa.wish.org/ways-to-help today.
Special thanks: Sunwest Limousine, Andrea Starr Photography, Howard Johnson, Dj V-Dubb, Brandi Collins, staff at Kinderhafen, Father Vega from Holy Family Parish, Shotz Multimedia