HENDERSON-Stacie enjoys many of the same things as other 14-year-olds: the singer Jessica Simpson, the T.V. show Friends, the actress Jennifer Aniston and the movie Coyote Ugly. She also loves spending time with her best friend Gina, her dog Mitzy, and watching her favorite football team, the Dallas Cowboys. Unfortunately, Stacie will never get the chance to be an athlete or participate in sports like her Texas heroes. She suffers from osteogenesis imperfecta, also known as brittle bone disease, a condition that causes her bones to break with the slightest of injury. Most of the time she needs crutches or a wheelchair to get around.
When Wish Coordinator Terri McConn of Kids Wish Network heard about this special young lady, she jumped into action to make sure Stacie’s dream of a shopping spree in one of the biggest malls in America became a reality. Not only did she and her mother get flown to Minneapolis to visit the Mall of America, but Stacie also received gift certificates from several of her favorite stores and the mall itself so that she could load up her suitcases with new clothes and merchandise.
They didn’t arrive until 7 p.m. the first evening, but Stacie couldn’t wait until the next morning to begin her fantasy. She and her mother went straight to the mall, hit some shops and rode the mall’s many rides. After they closed the mall, they went back to their luxurious hotel accommodations to rest up for the next 3 days of power shopping. “Everyone was really cool to me,” said Stacie. “And the hotel was really nice.”
In between trying on clothes and riding the ferris wheel, Stacie also had her picture taken with her mother at an old-fashioned photography studio to capture their adventure on film. “I got so many clothes. I shopped all four days and I wore my mom out! Her feet hurt after we were done,” she said. “ The mall was really cool.” Although her condition might prevent her from doing many things in life, she can now look back on a time when she was able to be just like any other clothes crazy, mall happy teenage girl.
Kids Wish Network would like to thank all of the gracious sponsors that made Stacie’s dream come true: American Airlines, The Mall of America, Double Tree Hotels, Guess, Wilson’s Leather, Old Navy, Nordstrom, Team Choice, and Sears.
Kids Wish Network is a nationally recognized non-profit organization whose mission is to grant wishes to children who have life-threatening illnesses. If you know a child between the ages of 3 and 18 who may be in need of their wish granting services, please call (813)891-9374 or toll free at (888)918-9004. You can also visit its web site at www.kidswishnetwork.org.