“You couldn’t wipe the smile off her face, everyone was so sweet and knew exactly who she was when she walked in”
Lily and her friends were getting ready to go to a fourth of July parade when they noticed that she wasn’t looking healthy. Her symptoms steadily worsened so Lily was rushed to the hospital and diagnosed with a life-threatening autoimmune disease. Lily likes to help and talk with other children her age who have similar diseases. It helps her cope with her disease when she talks with other kids her age that have to go through the same thing she does.
Lily loves to cook desserts, play softball, and especially shop. Lily loves shopping so much that she wished to go on an all-day shopping spree. Kids Wish Network helped make her dream become a reality by planning an overnight shopping spree at West Town Mall in Knoxville, Tennessee. Lily’s shopping extravaganza began at the fashion store Express where she was greeted by her own personal shoppers who escorted her to a private fitting room decorated with flowers. After shopping for all her favorite outfits Lily received a fabulous goodie bag from the store. Both Lily and her mother Heidi got makeovers with bareMinerals, the make-up artists spent over an hour pampering Lily and her mother making them both look fabulous.
Lily then headed to Journey’s where she received a curated leather backpack full of store swag and a pair of Converse high tops. Lily and her family then had lunch at the Cheesecake Factory where they were escorted to their table and enjoyed a high-end meal as well as a special slice of cheesecake just for Lily. Next on the wish list was a stop at JCPenney where Lily was greeted with another personal shopping assistant. Then they stopped at Rue 21 where Lily and her family were greeted a table filled with store goodies and a gift card for Lilly, they even had an entire cookie cake waiting for her. Lily continued her shopping extravaganza by going to Claire’s and Bath & Body Works where she was greeted by personal shoppers and other goodies.
To end her whirlwind shopping spree Lily and her family went to Build a Bear Workshop where they were greeted by a build a bear expert that walked both Lily and her brother Eli through the process of making a teddy bear for them to take with them. After the perfect shopping trip Lily and her family were treated to a savory meal at Longhorn Steakhouse where they were met with a specially decorated table filled with decorations and presents. Lily and her family then retired to their room at The Hyatt Place hotel where they were greeted by a little box of goodies to end the day.
“Our day was overwhelming, fun, and exciting. Every person that was involved in making Lily’s day perfect was just as excited to meet her as she was to meet them.” Heidi said.
Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following sponsors for making Lily’s dreams become a reality:
- West Town Mall – Knoxville Tennessee
- Longhorn Steakhouse
- Hyatt Place Knoxville Downtown
- Rue 21
- Bath & Body Works
- Build A Bear Workshop
- The Journeys Group