Deana is a bright and happy 11-year-old who is battling a life-threatening immune deficiency disorder. Her immune system is very weak, and in her short life she has had over 35 cases of pneumonia. Deana is often stricken with respiratory infections and also deals with a lot of pain in her joints, as her immune system attacks her shoulders, hips and knees causing them to swell. She gets weekly IV treatments and also takes various medications to help strengthen her immune system. Deana’s illness causes her to have serious side effects from something as simple as a common cold.
Deana told her mom that her wish was exactly what she wanted. She loves her new flat screen TV and Nintendo Wii and is excited that she gets to keep them in her own room. The day of her wish was extra special, as she was escorted to get her new electronics in a Hummer limousine! Deana also got a trip to the mall to get new clothes and create her own Build-A-Bear. Her mom said she was beaming and smiling from ear-to-ear!