Jaterilyn is a beautiful, shy, happy 7-year-old girl. You would not know by looking at her, that at birth, she was diagnosed with hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Because of her illness, Jaterilyn has never been able to have a birthday party and around the holidays has often been sick.
So when Jaterilyn let Make-A-Wish volunteers know what she wished for, she said, “a birthday party with all of her classmates”. But not just any birthday party, a princess party.
When the big day arrived, all eyes were on Princess Jaterilyn. Dressed in a beautiful red gown with gold trim, and a smile that lit up the room, Jaterilyn had a day full of magic. Yet, better than the princess glamor, was the chance to talk and laugh with all the kids in her class and even make a few new friends.
Now, as Jaterilyn grows up, she can remember her wish and know that even on the tough days you can still feel like royalty.