In March of 2007, after undergoing a routine physical for softball practice, it was discovered that Melissa had stage IV kidney disease. Since her diagnosis, Melissa has been monitored extremely carefully by her doctors. They are currently preparing to put her on a transplant list.
The night before her Big Day Melissa and her mom checked into the Radisson Hotel Rockford, they wanted to be ready to get started shopping early in the morning. The next day began with a classy ride to the mall courtesy of Park Avenue Limo of Rockford. She was greeted warmly and presented with all sorts of goodies including her mall dollars and various store gift certificates and cards.
Melissa was ready to shop! Not only did Jill arrange for special ‘retail therapy’, she had some other very exciting things planned for Melissa as well. In addition to a relaxing massage, Melissa got her hair cut and styled and later had her picture taken professionally.
Melissa and Marie took a break from shopping for lunch at Kobe Japanese. That evening, Melissa enjoyed a delicious dinner courtesy of Granite City Food & Brewery.
Marie said that the entire experience was one her special daughter will never forget.