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“Daniella was glowing from the whole experience”

Daniella was born premature at only 33 weeks and was immediately diagnosed with cerebral palsy and hydrocephalus. She required immediate surgery to place shunts in her brain and stayed in the hospital for 8 weeks afterwards. As she got older, doctors realized that Daniella also has scoliosis. She has had surgery on her hips, legs, and back to correct problems related to her illnesses. Daniella’s vibrant personality easily attracts new friends, and her happy disposition makes her all the more lovable. Kids Wish Network wanted to treat Daniella to a day she would never forget, so we sent her on a shopping spree in Orlando!

The stores at the Florida Mall rolled out all of the stops to welcome Daniella and make her feel important on her special day. Starting at Sephora, Daniella received a make-over, a new hair style, and over 30 products from the store’s collection of make-up. Daniella felt and looked so beautiful that her father grabbed her face and said, “This is my daughter.” He couldn’t take his eyes off of his little girl or stop smiling at her.

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She was simply glowing from the whole experience as she made her way over to Beverly Hills Jewelry, where Daniella was greeted with cupcakes and a new necklace with a sweet sixteen charm on it. Claire’s followed suit with an enormous gift basket filled with hair accessories, purses, and jewelry galore. The glamorous accoutrements of her day continued with personal shoppers that helped Daniella pick out clothes to her heart’s content from Old Navy and Wet Seal, who provided her with very generous gift cards.

No outfit is complete without stylish shoes! Skechers let Daniella pick out a pair from their Demi Lovato line, and Journeys gave her a gift card in addition to a back pack full of goodies. One of Daniella’s favorite stops was definitely the Microsoft store where she received an Xbox Kinect and games. The staff even joined in on a dance session with Daniella to the Just Dance game. Daniella finished her day with dinner at BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse. Her family loved the food there and it was the perfect end to Daniella’s fairytale shopping spree!

Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following Guardian Angel sponsors for their participation in Daniella’s wish:

• The Florida Mall
• BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse
• Sephora
• Claire’s
• Journey’s
• Beverly Hills Jewelry
• M&M World
• The Microsoft Store
• Wet Seal
• Hot Topic
• Old Navy
• Buca Di Beppo Italian Restaurant

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Kids Wish Network is a charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children having experienced life-altering situations. Kids Wish Network assists children and their families through several key programs.