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Meet Our Wish Ambassadors

Your support of Make-A-Wish helps to grant wishes across Illinois, children like Jaqueline, Jeremy, Joe and Savannah.

JAQUELINE

Since birth, Jaqueline has battled a life-threatening heart condition. She dreamed of a traditional Quinceañera celebration, a rite of passage important to her family. For Jaqueline, this notable milestone was especially meaningful given her significant health challenges.

Once the invitations were sent, Jaqueline was ready to transform into the belle of the ball! Her hair and makeup were styled perfectly, and she wore an intricate blue ball gown. Jaqueline’s royal attire caught everyone’s attention as she stood in the spotlight grinning from ear to ear. While the DJ played her favorite songs, she showed off her moves and danced the night away with friends and family.


 

JEREMY

Since he was diagnosed with cancer in 2012, Jeremy has endured doctors’ appointments, hospital visits and grueling treatments. During those times he dreamed of sunnier days and was excited to express his wish to visit Hawaii with Make-A-Wish. After fighting leukemia, Jeremy enjoyed the chance to try new things.

From the moment he arrived on Oahu, Jeremy was filled with positive energy and eager to jump in to everything Hawaii had to offer. Kualoa Ranch was the first stop. After touring the ranch, he headed to the waterfront to parasail over the refreshing waters of Maunalua Bay. Later, he jumped at the chance to zip-line along the scenic north shore with his siblings.

'I was nearly brought to tears with the overwhelming support and special treatment he got the entire time from beginning to end," Jeremy's mother Tiffany shared.

 

JOE

In 2015, Joe was diagnosed with leukemia. Despite doctors’ appointments and hospital visits, he always had a twinkle in his eye according to his mom.  Joe’s competitive spirit and passion for sports earned him the nickname,“2 Tuff”. He lived up to his nickname as he fought his illnesses and pushed through setbacks. Through it all, sports, and basketball in particular, provided an escape.

His wish brought him to Portland, Oregon, where Joe met up with the local pro team and challenged his favorite player to a one-on-one game. Watching the team play was the highlight of the trip and Joe was right in the middle of the action.

Joe’s mom recalled that his “face during the whole experience was priceless.” He continues his journey to recovery, carrying the energy of the crowd with him.

 

SAVANNAH

Diagnosed at birth with a life-threatening neurological disorder, Savannah has had surgeries and many doctors’ appointments and hospital visits. She loves to play outside, but the park was too dangerous for her condition., so Savannah wished for very own playset.

With her new playset, she could have fun whenever she wanted, just outside her back door. Savannah, her sister Ada and their friends will enjoy this safe place to play for years to come. When she first saw it, she explored her new set, which was designed and adapted for her needs, from top to bottom, and with every ride down the slide, she grew stronger with excitement and happiness. With a wide grin and a newfound sense of hope, Savannah looks forward to playing outside whenever she can to her heart’s content.


 

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