Through funding from Jewelers for Children, Makenzie met a sloth at the Palm Beach Zoo this July. The quirky animal is among the things that lift Makenzie’s spirits as she confronts daily medications and therapies for cystic fibrosis.
To get Makenzie extra-excited for her wish, Baxter’s Fine Jewelry hosted a special sloth-themed send-off party for her and her family in late June at its Warwick store. “As a family jewelry store, we strive to make every experience at Baxter’s an unforgettable one. We felt so privileged to surprise Makenzie with her wish, and while this is a wish come true for her, it is an unforgettable experience for us, and we are so thankful for the opportunity to share this special moment! Baxter’s loves to make wishes come true,” said Paul Messerlian, Proprietor, Baxter’s Fine Jewelry.
“Make-A-Wish has made some really dark times in my family’s life so much brighter; it has allowed my children to experience a huge life-changing memory for them to reflect upon and treasure always,” said Makenzie’s mom, Jennifer Calcagni ONeill. Makenzie’s brother, Nicholas, also has cystic fibrosis and was granted his wish to visit the Florida theme parks last year. His wish was also supported by Jewelers for Children and Baxter’s Fine Jewelry.
Jewelers for Children was founded in 1999 by the U.S. jewelry industry with the mission of helping children in need. Over more than two decades, Jewelers for Children has donated nearly $13.5 million to Make-A-Wish to grant wishes in every state.
This year alone, Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island is working to grant over 400 wishes. There are approximately 500 children in the organization’s territory who are newly diagnosed with critical illnesses each year, including 80 in Rhode Island. Support from generous individuals and organizations like Jewelers for Children and Baxter’s Fine Jewelry make our wish-granting work possible.