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Kayla Goes to Hollywood

Wish child Kayla

“ The most special thing about the wish was spending time together as a family ”

- Kayla's Parents

Kayla, 17, from Chicago, is a bright, upbeat and positive girl who enjoys reading, dancing and spending time with friends. Diagnosed with kidney disease, Kayla is currently awaiting a kidney transplant.

Referred to Make-A-Wish through a call from her family, Kayla expressed her desire to visit Hollywood because she plans to be a star one day. She was excited about the opportunity to get away from Chicago’s cold weather to shop in the sun drenched streets of California. Kayla and her family had never traveled outside of Chicago, so this was a new experience for all of them. Her family shared that she had the “best time ever.”

Wish child Kayla (right) and sister in HollywoodWhile she was in California, Kayla got to visit Universal Studios. She went behind the scenes of the largest television studio in the world and got to see the sets of some of her favorite television shows and movies in person. She also got to experience the Starline Tour where she spotted over 40 mansions, including the homes of many well-known celebrities. At the Hollywood Wax Museum, Kayla was able to see life-sized figures of many different celebrities. Last but not least, before returning home, Kayla and her family went shopping on Rodeo Drive, known throughout the world as a site for extravagant fashion.

“After they got back, they couldn’t get over how nice the hotel was and they felt so special while they were there” Carly, Kayla’s volunteer wish granter said.

Kayla is interested in becoming a star some day is looking forward to returning to Hollywood in the future.

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