On a sunny Friday evening, 11-year-old Liani logged onto a video call with two of her newest friends: her Make-A-Wish volunteers, Carol and Bill. It was time for Liani's wish for an online shopping spree to come true!
"Knowing we were going to speak with Liani made us light up. She is so joyful and fun to be around," recalls Carol. "It was a blast as Liani walked us through online everything she wanted to order," says Bill. Liani's wish experience also included a private appointment at a local furniture store to pick out a bedroom set. And, the experience was capped off with a delivery celebration to present her with all of her online purchases, wrapped and delivered to her doorstep by Carol and Bill.
Liani's new bedroom set, bedding, TV, and decor give her a comforting oasis at home. It's the perfect counterbalance to the hospital environment she knows all too well due to her brain tumor diagnosis. A new headset and smartphone help her keep in touch with friends, and for even more home-based fun, Liani chose bakeware and a new mixer. Many of the items shine in her favorite color—pink—and Liani's generosity also shined through as she chose gifts for her siblings as part of her shopping spree. Bill shares, "I will always remember how friendly and kind-hearted Liani is, as well as her generosity towards her family. Throughout the wish experience she was so thoughtful."
Liani's wish was full of spirited exchanges with her wish volunteers, reminding us all that support and love can be shared in meaningful ways even when being together in person is not possible. "It was a great team effort," says Bill, "and especially with everything going on in the world, it's so heartwarming for us all to continue to provide such joy to wish children and their families."