Kayla, age 12, has a lot of the same interests as other pre-teens. She loves playing soccer, horseback riding, eating pizza with her friends and listening to her favorite superstar Christina Aguilera. The difference is, Kayla struggles with many extra challenges. She has leukemia.
Kayla has undergone chemotherapy and radiation, and that can be tough on a girl her age. She has lost her hair, and experiences bouts of nausea and pain. But Kayla does not let it get the better of her. Her personality remains charismatic, and she maintains a full social calendar between many friends and sports.
When wish coordinator Madeline Robinson of Kids Wish Network heard about Kayla’s dream to meet pop singing sensation Christina Aguilera, she became Kayla’s special “Genie in a Bottle” and quickly went to work on granting Kayla her personalized wish.
And then it happened.
Kayla, her mother, and soon to-be stepsister were whisked away by All American Limo in a stretch limousine to Christina Aguilera’s concert at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD. Arriving in such grand style, it amused Kayla when concert fans initially thought she was Christina.
Once they arrived, the excitement really began. Kayla was invited backstage to meet Christina before the concert. To show her how much she loved her, Kayla brought her a wooden bead doll that she made to look just like the superstar herself. Christina, touched by Kayla’s sweet gesture, told her how beautiful it was. Kayla was in awe. She said, “Christina was sooo nice, and she’s really pretty! My friends will be so jealous!”
She tried to capture all the night’s excitement as she watched Christina sing and dance from the 12th row. And, if it was possible to be hungry for more, Aramark Sports and Entertainment provided Kayla’s family with complimentary food and refreshments.
Accommodations for Madeline were provided by Embassy Suites, and taxi service was offered by Saverna Park Cab.
All the special treatment given to Kayla made her feel like a celebrity too.
She will always remember the special day when Christina told her to “Come on Over” and made her dream come true.
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 check out its web site at www.kidswishnetwork.org.