Ashlee was diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis when she was only three years old. During her diagnosis, it was also discovered that she had scoliosis. Ashlee had to have multiple surgeries to correct it. Her various medical conditions cause hearing and vision difficulties and can be very painful.
Ashlee loves fashion, and wished for an all-day shopping spree to her favorite stores. Kids Wish Network, a children’s charity that grants wishes for kids with life threatening illnesses, facilitated a fashionable shopping spree for Ashlee at the Valley River Center Mall in Eugene, Oregon. Ashlee was excited for her wish, and couldn’t wait.
On her big day, Ashlee arrived at the mall visiting the Customer Service Center, where she was given a gift basket filled with gift cards to various stores at the mall. The first stop of the day was JCPenney, where Ashlee was greeted by sales associates who literally rolled out the red carpet for her. Ashlee felt like a star. Ashlee picked out her own outfit from the store, and she and her mother received fabulous makeovers at Sephora, a specialized beauty department inside of JCPenney. The general manager of the store arranged for Ashlee to have her hair colored, cut and styled. The makeover was Ashlee’s favorite part of the wish and made her feel like a celebrity.
Ashlee and her mother enjoyed lunch at BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse. After her delicious meal, Ashlee went to Forever 21 where she was greeted with her very own personal shopper and was able to pick out 50 items from the store. Ashlee then went to American Eagle who had a reserved and decorated dressing room waiting for her. Ashlee’s next stop was Journey’s, where she was given a specially curated backpack filled with fun merchandise from the store. She continued to Rue 21, where she was gifted a whole outfit complete with accessories and other goodies. Ashlee then went on to Bath and Body Works, Claire’s, and Charlotte Russe and received gift cards to each store.
Taking a break from shopping for all the perfect outfits, Ashlee stopped at Build-A-Bear Workshop. She built her very own stuffed animal, which she absolutely adored. Her final shops of the day were Candy Tyme and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. She received gift cards to each store and had a sweet time looking at all the different delectables.
With bags full of merchandise, Ashlee and her mother ended the day at Hilton Eugene to wind down from their wonderful day of shopping and makeovers.
Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following sponsors for making Ashlee’s dreams become a reality:
- Valley River Center Mall
- JC Penney
- Rue 21
- Bath and Body Works
- American Eagle
- Charlotte Russe
- Build-A-Bear Workshop
- Forever 21
- Rocky Mountain Chocolate
- Candy Tyme
- Hilton Eugene