Jahmier Mays, 7, who is severely underweight and suffers from a terminal case of brittle-bone syndrome, has been in and out of hospitals all of his life.
The Kids Wish Network, which grants wishes for terminally ill children, granted Jahmier a wish.
“He said his wish was to have a shopping spree at his favorite store and a pizza party,” Walmart’s April Warner said.
The Kids Wish Network and the Van Buren Twp. Walmart worked together to surprise Jahmier with a $1,000 shopping spree. Thirty other children around the country were also given similar presents. Arriving by limousine, a beaming Jahmier walked through a specially ballooned entrance and was greeted by store manager Andy Branham and the entire shift of Walmart associates.
He was then given a name tag and shirt, and became an official Walmart associate for the day.
The World Series-bound Detroit Tigers added to Jahmier’s surprises, giving him a baseball signed by the team’s Triple Crown slugger, Miguel Cabrera.
Van Buren Fire Chief Dan Besson was Jahmier’s sidekick for the spree and following pizza party.
“We’re always happy and very excited to do something like this, or the “Shop with a Hero,” events where kids shop with a firefighter or police officer,” Besson said.
The care and emotion shown by Walmart staff to the children seems to be in many ways a reflection of the love shown by the very kids they help.
“Nine times out of ten they [the kids] use the money to buy presents for their parents,” Warner said.
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