Anni’s crimson gown shimmers under the lights of the ballroom. Surrounded by the love and encouragement of her family and friends, Anni’s spirits soar. As she stands over the warm glow of birthday candles, she feels her mother’s presence. It is a day she will always treasure.
Born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a rare heart defect, Anni underwent seven open heart surgeries before the age of five. For this brave girl, birthdays are especially precious.
Since she was little, Anni and her mother daydreamed of Anni’s Festa de 15 Anos, a significant celebration in Brazilian culture marking the transformation of a girl into a woman. A few years ago, Anni’s mother passed away. For her wish, Anni wanted to fulfill this lifelong dream of a Festa de 15 Anos in her mother’s memory.
To dress the part, Anni picks out a princess-style ball gown and helps design personalized invitations to match her glamorous Hollywood party theme. Her hair and make-up are professionally done for her special night. From a traditional Brazilian menu and dessert table to a specially designed birthday cake, DJ and photo booth, Anni’s wish is a royal affair.
Putting aside illness to kick up her heels with her loved ones on the dance floor, Anni’s birthday becomes more than a milestone; it’s a joyful celebration of life!