NORMAL, Ill. – Kids Wish Network sends a young lady suffering from a life-threatening illness to meet her favorite group, the Jonas Brothers.
At five years old, Gayle’s daughter Haley was diagnosed with an uncontrollable blood disorder after being so close to death that she had to be life-flighted to the Children’s Hospital of Illinois.
When a professional fundraiser from Kids Wish Network called and informed Gayle that her daughter might be eligible for a wish of her very own, she jumped at the chance to give something special to her long-suffering daughter.
It was Kids Wish Network Wish Coordinator Madeline who learned that Haley’s fondest wish was to meet her all-time favorite group, the Jonas Brothers. Armed with that knowledge, Madeline arranged for Haley’s dream to come true in high style.
After arriving in Chicago, Haley and her family enjoyed a complimentary trip to the Shedd Aquarium and a meal at the Hard Rock Café, where Haley really enjoyed soaking up the “rock ‘n roll” atmosphere. Following the meal, they visited a place called Comedy Sportz, which hosts an interactive improv comedy show. “I even got to shout out some stuff [during the show],” said Haley. It was a great start to an amazing weekend.
Of course, out of all the great things Haley got to see and experience over her “wish weekend”, the best thing, for her, was meeting the Jonas Brothers at the Allstate Arena.
“I was really excited,” said Haley about riding in a limousine, itching with anticipation about the upcoming meet-n-greet with her favorite stars. She was particularly looking forward to meeting her favorite Jonas, Nick.
“When we got there, we went to like a sound check party. It was really great. There were about a hundred girls there and they [the Jonas Brothers] answered questions and everything. Then they took us backstage and we got to meet the band…then they [the Jonas Brothers] came out and I took a lot of pictures, I mean a LOT of pictures…I got lots of autographs! It was really fun!”
After meeting her favorite trio, she even attended their concert in a private box, which was the icing on an already perfect cake.
Now that she’s back home in Normal, Haley’s life has been everything but ‘normal.’ Even at her older brother’s birthday party, which happened the day after the family arrived back home, everyone was asking her about her wish, which was embarrassing but fun at the same time.
“I’ve already got all my pictures printed out…all my friends are jealous!” It was definitely a dream-come-true for the sixteen-year-old Haley, and even her parents and twenty-year-old brother had a great time.
“What an awesome time we all had,” said Haley’s mom, Gayle. “I think Madeline did an excellent job” arranging Haley’s wish. “It was great!”
For making Haley’s wish so special, Kids Wish Network would like to thank: The Jonas Brothers, The James Hotel, Allstate Arena, Shedd Aquarium, The Hard Rock Café, Chili’s, Comedy Sportz and Diva Limousines.
Kids Wish Network is a nationally recognized non-profit organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children. If you know a child between the ages of 3 and 18 who may be in need of its wish granting services, please call 727-937-3600 or toll free 888-918-9004. For more information on Kids Wish Network, visit their website at www.kidswishnetwork.org