“From a deluxe makeover to private dressing rooms and personal attendants, Jaylin had it all”
Jaylin took a hard fall that resulted in a concussion, but she continued to suffer from headaches and slowed speech long after the initial injury. An MRI showed that Jaylin has Chiari malformation, a condition that she was born with, but was only just becoming symptomatic. Chiari malformation occurs when brain tissue extends into the spinal canal and puts pressure on the brain. Complications can range from hydrocephalus to paralysis. Jaylin’s pain is constant and often accompanied by severe headaches as well as balance issues. Due to her illness, Jaylin has had two major brain surgeries, one of which required half of her skull to be removed. She had to be homeschooled from that point on and had to quit her school’s choral group.
Despite her illness, Jaylin graduated high school with honors and a 3.9 GPA. With four brothers, including her twin, Jaylin is the princess of the family. Sweet, bubbly, and caring, Jaylin’s positive attitude and determined spirit have been instrumental in helping her through a harrowing medical journey. A voracious reader, Jaylin collects books to add to her library. She also has a passion for shopping.
With the help of benevolent local businesses such as Books-A-Million and Neiman Marcus, Kids Wish Network planned an unforgettable experience for Jaylin, which included a Town Car escort to the Katy Mills Mall courtesy of Safeway Drivers Inc. for a fabulous shopping spree. Her spectacular day was filled with a deluxe makeover at the Luxury Beauty Store, private dressing rooms, personal shoppers, and gifts galore from stores like Claire’s, Perfumania, and Bath & Body Works. Fossil, Sketchers, and Burlington Coat Factory also participated in making Jaylin’s shopping experience extraordinary. Jaylin received so many goodies that she filled a shopping cart to the brim. Books-A-Million was Jaylin’s favorite stop because she loves to read. She purchased over a dozen books and was presented with a boxed gift set of a series that she can’t wait to dig into.
The star treatment continued with a special dinner reservation at Longhorn Steakhouse. Not only did the restaurant host Jaylin and her family for a delicious meal, they also surprised her with a decadent chocolate dessert, bags full of fresh baked cookies, and a personalized shirt to celebrate her wish.
Jaylin felt like the belle of the ball during her shopping spree. Each store went out of their way to shower her in attention. Some decorated with balloons for her arrival and others had chocolate candy waiting for her. Everyone involved was so friendly and made sure to go the extra mile in making her day a once in a lifetime experience.
Kids Wish Network would like to thank all of the sponsors who helped make Jaylin’s wish possible:
• Longhorn Steakhouse
• Neiman Marcus
• Bath & Body Works
• Burlington Coat Factory
• Luxury Beauty Store
• Safe Way Drivers, Inc