Kids Wish Network, a children’s charity that grants wishes for kids with life-threatening illnesses, would like to thank University Park Mall for the personalized shopping spree planned for Wish Kid Mariah. The special celebration included a red carpet arrival, generous gift cards, a personal shopper at JCPenney, stylish makeover at Sephora, and fabulous gifts. Just before Mariah’s big day, it took an unexpected turn… malls closed along with most of the outside world as the Coronavirus pandemic unfolded.
As everyone went on lockdown, Kids Wish Network had something exciting in store for Mariah… They purchased her gift cards to some of her favorite stores so she could shop online and receive special deliveries of happiness at home! Bath and Body Works also provided a gift card, Journeys gave her a Jansport backpack with a gift card tucked inside, Vans provided a gift card and a pair of shoes, and Claire’s put together a fun gift basket. So far she’s splurged on a variety of athletic footwear, Adidas gear, and Bath and Body Works fine fragrance sprays and products. Kids Wish Network also purchased Mariah a Simon gift card so she could look forward to more shopping at University Park Mall when it reopened. “Thank you Kids Wish Network for all the hard work you do,” said her mom Lisa. “You made a memory for Mariah that she’ll never forget.”
Mariah has biliary atresia, a condition of the liver that occurs before or shortly after birth. She underwent a Kasai procedure to help slow down liver damage, but over time its progression has caused an enlarged spleen and cirrhosis of the liver. Mariah continues to take part in research studies, and keeps focused on living her best life and maintaining her grades as an honor student.
“We’re glad we could still bring much-needed happiness to Mariah during a time of so many unknowns, and something to brighten her days while being stuck at home,” said Kids Wish Network Executive Director Tam Lai.
Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following sponsors:
- University Park Mall
- Bath and Body Works