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Byenveni: A Warm Welcome for Kathleen

Kathleen and her father at Macy's

“ Through her wish, Kathleen and her family experience the generosity of the human spirit and a new sense of hope is ignited within their hearts. ”

Gazing at herself in the mirror, 16-year-old Kathleen is overcome with a new sense of confidence and unbridled joy after her private makeover. With the entire day ahead of her, she grabs her adoring father by the hand and is off!

Growing up with a life-threatening blood disorder has taken its toll on Kathleen and her family, and carefree days are hard to come by. When given the opportunity to ask for anything her heart desired, Kathleen wished for an experience that would make her feel on top of the world.
 
Kathleen wished for a shopping spree and her big day begins with a limousine ride to the Providence Place Mall. Arriving at Macy’s, Kathleen is greeted with a “Byenveni” sign welcoming her in her native language of Haitian Creole and a bouquet of flowers.  She’s then treated to a professional makeover, which provides an extra spark to begin her shopping spree.
 
Accompanied by a personal shopper, Kathleen splurges on glitzy outfits at Macy’s, then heads to Victoria’s Secret, where every store associate is wearing Kathleen’s favorite color of purple. Kathleen is presented with a special t-shirt and whisked away to a dressing room adorned by a poster signed by the staff. At Old Navy, the staff proudly welcomes Kathleen wearing “Team Kathleen” shirts.
 
With VIP treatment and gifts galore wherever she goes, for this one day, Kathleen is not sick; she is the newest celebrity of Providence Place. Hand-in-hand with her father, she is treated with adoration by everyone she meets. Through her wish, Kathleen and her family experience the generosity of the human spirit and a new sense of hope is ignited within their hearts.

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