“My favorite part was seeing her face as she was wowed by each store.”
The two things Zyliah loves the most are Disney and shopping. She has always wanted to go on a shopping spree of her very own and Kids Wish Network got out their shopping bags and gave Zyliah a glamourous shopping experience worthy of a Disney princess at Hanes Mall. Zyliah was ecstatic when her wish was revealed and couldn’t wait for her special day. Not only did Zyliah get her very own shopping spree but included in the wish were tickets to see Disney on Ice.
Zyliah suffers from cerebral palsy which impacts her speech and motor function on the left side of her body. Despite her conditions, Zyliah likes to play outside and tries to remain optimistic.
Zyliah, her brother, and her grandparents were chauffeured from their home in a limousine to the Winston-Salem Hanes Mall hired by Kids Wish Network. Her first shop stop was at Build-A-Bear Workshop where she and her brother got to make their own teddy bears. Zyliah made a pink bear designed after one of her favorite Disney princesses Cinderella, complete with a sparkly blue dress and glass slippers. After creating the perfect fuzzy friend, she headed to Justice where she was given a gift card and escorted to her very own dressing room decorated with a sign that read “VIP Zyliah” and pink streamers.
“I really felt like a celebrity,” Zyliah said.
Zyliah enjoyed lunch at TGI Fridays and went to some of her favorite stores afterward including Aeropostale, Bath and Body Works, Box Lunch, Belk, Dazzle Up, Claire’s and Finish Line. Each store gifted Zyliah a goodie bag or gift card when she arrived. After an exciting day shopping for all her favorite things Zyliah and her grandmother received a fabulous makeover at Macy’s, Zyliah even got to pick out multiple outfits to take home.
“My favorite part was seeing her face as she was wowed by each store,” said Zyliah’s grandmother.
As part of Zyliah’s wish, she and her family got to see a production of Disney on Ice. They had rink side seats and got to see all the excitement up close. Zyliah loved the show and made sure to pick out souvenirs including Olaf the Snowman snow cones in a decorative cup, a Disney hat, and a special glossy picture book with photos from the show. Zyliah and her family also had a wonderful dinner at The Cheesecake Factory, the cherry on top of a perfect wish.
Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following sponsors for making Zyliah’s dreams become a reality:
- Hanes Mall
- Finish Line
- Dazzle Up
- Box Lunch
- Build-A-Bear Workshop
- Bath and Body Works
- TGI Friday’s
- FELD Entertainment
- The Cheesecake Factory