“A shopping spree that was just awesome”
Every day after school, Mallory would come home so exhausted that she could barely keep her eyes open. The extreme lack of energy was a major red flag simply because it was the exact opposite of her normal behavior. Her parents were also very concerned about Mallory’s rapid weight loss. Family friends already familiar with the symptoms of diabetes suggested that she should have her blood sugar level checked. Knowing that anything above 200 indicates diabetes, when Mallory’s reading was more than double that at 498, her family rushed her to the nearest emergency room.
It was there that the 10-year-old little girl and her very worried parents learned she had type 1 diabetes, a chronic and life-long condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin. Mallory was sent via ambulance to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh where she was admitted for intensive treatment; the health of her heart, blood vessels, nerves, eyes, and kidneys were all at risk now. After five days of hospitilization, two of which she was attached to a slow drip insulin IV, Mallory’s blood sugar levels finally stabilized.
Normally a person’s pancreas secretes the hormone insulin, which helps glucose enter the body’s cells to provide energy to muscles and tissues. In type 1 diabetes, there’s no or very little insulin to let glucose into the cells which explained why Mallory had become so fatigued after school. Now that she knows how important her blood sugar is, she must first check her levels before she eats or wants to play with her friends. If necessary, she will regulate those levels with insulin from an injection pen, and so for the rest of her life, she and her physicians will be monitoring her glucose levels because type 1 diabetes does not go away.
On her wish of a lifetime, Mallory started her shopping adventure in style by being picked up by Premier # 1 Limousine in a pink Expedition limo and taken to Capital City Mall in Harrisburg, Pennsylviania. A special “red carpet” entrance was created just for her, so before she shopped till she dropped, Capital City Mall presented Mallory a $500 gift card. Further fulfilling her love of shopping, she was provided gift cards from Justice and Charlotte Russe. She also received a gift basket from Claire’s and credit toward building a bear at Build-A-Bear.
After she completed her shopping spree, the limo took Mallory and her parents to Texas Roadhouse for dinner and back to their hotel, the Hampton Inn by Hilton. Mallory said the entire trip was “awesome,” and her favorite part was seeing what surprises Claire’s accessory store had selected especially for her.
Mallory‘s shopping spree adventure was specifically tailored to her tastes and all activities were planned according to her personality. This wish experience is one that Mallory and her family won’t soon forget.
Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following sponsors for helping make Mallory’s wish come true:
• Texas Roadhouse
• Capital City Mall
• Hampton Inn by Hilton (Harrisburg-West)
• Charlotte Russe
• Premier # Limousine