SEMINOLE- Seventeen is an exciting age filled with all the anticipation and possibilities of adulthood. However, young Tasha’s expectations for the future also include concerns about her health. She underwent a kidney transplant approximately two years ago when she suffered end stage renal failure due to polycystic kidney disease. Although Tasha was fortunate to have her mother donate one of her kidneys and is definitely feeling better, she still must take several different medications daily, get regular lab work done and live with the knowledge that her body still might reject her new kidney.
So when Tampa General Hospital referred Tasha to Kids Wish Network, a charity that grants wishes to children with life threatening conditions, Wish Coordinator Madeline Robinson charged ahead to present Tasha with her dream: a first class shopping spree at Westfield Shoppingtown Countryside Mall. Wanting to make a wish come true as well, Verizon Wireless of Tampa went above and beyond to help. The generous company sponsored her wish by donating mall certificates for Tasha’s shop-a-thon. Madeline then went one step further and persuaded some of Tasha’s favorite stores to contribute additional goodies and gift cards to make sure the teen could go absolutely mall crazy.
When the big day arrived, so did the limo that Madeline arranged from Julie’s Limousine to chauffeur Tasha and her mother to the dream experience. Once she entered the shopper’s paradise and received all of her mall and store certificates, it was time to begin. She picked out a pair of pants at Burdines and had a glamour makeover at the Clinique counter in Dillard’s. At FYE, in addition to the pre-arranged gift certificate, the store generously gave her 20 CDs and 3 posters!
After a hard morning of shopping and pampering, it was time to refuel at Ruby Tuesday’s where Madeline had arranged lunch for Tasha and her mother. Then it was off to conquer the rest of the plaza and use her certificates from Rave, Charlotte Russe, Chico’s, Forever 21, and Petite Sophisticate. Of course, following that shopping triumph, Tasha was then able to visit the stores of her choice thanks to the mall dollars provided by Verizon Wireless.
At the conclusion of Tasha’s mega spree, she was fortunate enough once again to have the roomy limousine waiting for her and her countless packages. Tasha’s future may be uncertain, but her new gifts and presents are constant reminders of people, companies, and organizations, like Kids Wish Network, that wish her true happiness.
Kids Wish Network would like to thank Petite Sophisticate, Rave, Charlotte Russe, Chico’s, Forever 21, Dillard’s, Burdines, FYE, Ruby Tuesday’s and Julie’s Limousine for helping to sponsor Tasha’s spree. A very special thank you goes out to Verizon Wireless for generously agreeing to sponsor the majority of this young girl’s wish.
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.