Riley loves to swim and explore in the ocean, and once spent hours gathering dozens of sand dollars diving in the water up and down the beach. The 10-year-old aspires to be a marine biologist, and this January, her wish will take her to a perfect destination - Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas!
When Riley’s mom told her a surprise was happening for her, Riley asked, “Are we going to a new doctor?” Her response speaks to the constant worry for a child with congenital heart disease who has already had three open heart surgeries. Much to Riley’s delight, the surprise was something joyful – a celebration as Macy’s joined in the excitement of her wish!
As she entered Macy’s, Riley received a welcome from a crowd of Macy’s associates and Make-A-Wish friends. After writing her letter to Santa as part of the Macy’s Believe campaign, she was whisked away to a private party in celebration of her wish. The underwater-themed room glowed blue with the gentle rippling light of waves, and all around her were sea creatures. Riley enjoyed all of her favorite foods and Macy’s associates presented her with special gifts to help her get ready for her wish.
Riley is most looking forward to snorkeling and observing marine life up close on her wish. And now, thanks to our friends at Macy’s, Riley is full of even more anticipation and excitement to carry her through the days leading up to her wish-come-true!
Photos by Josh Reynolds/AP Images for Macy's