“It was the most amazing experience”
It was a dream come true for 16-year-old A’hyzia to meet Bravo reality television star and renowned hair stylist Tabatha Coffey. The teenager was pampered from head to toe, starting with professional make-up artist, Andie Sleeman, arriving at A’hyzia’s room at The Roosevelt Hotel to prepare A’hyzia for her glamorous day in the city. Andie blended, sculpted, shaded, powdered, and contoured away, bringing out A’hyzia’s natural beauty. A’hyzia was then whisked off by a luxury limousine, which would serve as her personal chauffer throughout the day, to meet Tabatha. The Australian-born celebrity spent hours overseeing a chic cut and blow out for A’hyzia. Their appointment at the trendy Arrojo Salon was followed by lunch reservations in the Big Apple at Red Cat Restaurant, a New York favorite. The fun didn’t stop there though, as A’hyzia was also treated to having a personal shopper escort and outfit her at Saks Fifth Avenue.
Thanks to Tabatha, A’hyzia’s special day in New York City is one she won’t soon forget.
A’hyzia was diagnosed with MS or multiple sclerosis back in 2012 and has spent the last three years managing her illness. MS is a chronic neurological disorder that affects A’hyzia’s central nervous system and allows her immune system to attack the protective sheath that encases her nerves. The damage disrupts communication between A’hyzia’s brain and the rest of her body. This caused A’hyzia to be hospitalized for almost four months after suffering stroke-like symptoms that led to her losing some functionality in both sides of her body.
After all that A’hyzia has gone through, she still finds a way to maintain a positive attitude, and Kids Wish Network was overjoyed to be able to give her another reason to keep smiling.
A’hyzia and her family jetted off on a posh New York vacation in the heart of the city. They visited local landmarks such as the 9/11 Tribute Center, took a VIP tour of the Statue of Liberty, and enjoyed an authentic New York pizza pie in Times Square.
Most special to A’hyzia was the full day spent with Tabatha. Tabatha’s ability to “keep it real” while “laughing and joking like she was just a regular person was the most amazing experience,” recalls A’hyzia.
Currently, A’hyzia continues to manage her life-long illness at home in Arizona with medications that doctors hope will slow down the disease’s progression.
On behalf of A’hyzia and her family, Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following Guardian Angel sponsors for helping make A’hyzia’s dream trip a reality:
• Tabatha Coffey
• Arrojo Salon
• US Limo Service
• Red Cat Restaurant
• Hard Rock Café
• Ellen’s Stardust Diner
• John’s Pizza Times Square
• The Roosevelt Hotel
• Madame Tussauds New York
• Central Park Conservatory
• Statue of Liberty
• 9/11 Tribute Center
• Saks Fifth Avenue
• Make-up Artist Andie Sleeman
• The Park Restaurant