Houston, TX – 16-year-old Gabby of Houston was born with sickle cell disease. Sickle cell is a disease in which the red blood cells created in the bone marrow produce an abnormal form of hemoglobin. These blood cells are crescent shaped and have a difficult time passing through the body’s blood vessels to reach the body’s tissues. Those suffering with this disease experience severe episodes of pain and eventual organ damage; they are also at high risk for stroke and cardiac arrest. Gabby has been in and out of the hospital much of her young life and must have pain medication IV treatments for her pain crises.
Not long ago, Gabby’s mother, Janet, learned about Kids Wish Network, an organization that grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses, while surfing the Internet. After all that Gabby had been through, Janet wanted her to have something special to look forward to. She submitted Gabby’s name and soon, mother and daughter were delighted to learn that Gabby had indeed been approved for a wish.
It wasn’t hard for Gabby to decide what she wanted most for her wish: she wanted a bedroom makeover. And she had a particular theme in mind: Betty Boop!
Kids Wish Network wish coordinator, Jill, immediately got to work getting furniture and Betty Boop items. There were many Betty Boop Vendors who contributed a vast array of Betty items including bedding, rugs, lamps, bathroom items – you name it, we got it! Getting her just the right furniture however, took some time. We received a call from Christine of Four Hands Furniture out of Austin, TX. She agreed to donate a queen sized four poster bed, two end tables and lamps. We then contacted Bi-Rite Furniture out of Houston, TX and Turbo, the owner agreed to donate a dresser and mirror. Reyes Ortiz the owner of Ultimate Comfort also donated a queen pillow top mattress and box spring. So finally we had the furniture!!
We also enlisted the help of Cindy Bryant the owner of Redesign Etc., Inc. and Bennett Taylor of Elements by Taylor to put everything together. Cindy accepted delivery of all the “Boop Stuff”. Bennett not only painted a 4′ X 4′ Betty “Mural” but ran all around town picking up furniture.
Finally on the day of the makeover Randall from Randall’s Limo’s went to pick up Gabby and her mom and get them out of the house while Cindy and Bennett went to work. Randall took Gabby to Westpark Wal-Mart where the asst. manager Terry Lazar had a Flat Screen TV waiting for her. After they picked up the TV they went to Olive Garden for lunch.
Meanwhile back at home, Four Hands had the furniture shipped and set up by John Racine of “We’re Here to There Delivery” and Bennett brought her mural and the furniture she collected, while Cindy worked fervently to get everything set up for the “Grand Unveiling”. When Gabby got home she was very surprised and very happy with her new bedroom. Gabby’s mom Janet said “she had the best night’s sleep she’s had in a long time.
Kids Wish Network is a nationally recognized non-profit organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children. If you know a child between the ages of 3 and 18 who may be in need of its wish granting services, please call 727-937-3600 or toll free 888-918-9004. For more information on Kids Wish Network, visit their website at www.kidswishnetwork.org Written by: Robyn Larson