Lights, music, food, fun and family are all elements that make for a perfect Quinceañera. As Jayline’s wish for this special fifteenth birthday party was granted, none of these were in short supply.
Jayline is a social and outgoing 15-year-old girl from west suburban Cicero. She loves music and her family says she is always smiling and laughing.
Born with a life-threatening pulmonary disorder, Jayline was referred to Make-A-Wish by a social worker at Horizon Palliative Care where she receives treatment. Jayline wished to experience a Quinceañera, a traditional rite of passage for girls in her culture with her family and friends.
At a special Mass in her church, the priest blessed Jayline and her family and spoke about her life.
“It was a very touching and memorable ceremony,” said Cindy Lopez, a Make-A-Wish volunteer who helped to plan Jayline’s wish.
“As the night went on Jayline’s parents were full of thanks,” Cindy said. “The impact of this wish spurred the family’s interest in giving back. They told me that their wish experience inspires them to want to help other families find the similar kind of joy they have found thanks to Make-A-Wish.”
“Wishes are important for a child and their family because they provide hope, strength and joy that would be lost without the child’s wish,” Cindy added.
Jayline's wish was sponsored by Jewelers for Children. Jewelers for Children has renewed its commitment to Make-A-Wish and will donate $750,000 to help grant 93 wishes across the country – wish experiences that have the potential to serve as a turning point in wish kids’ medical treatment helping them feel better, and in some cases, even get better. For more information about Jewelers for Children and its support of Make-A-Wish, visit jewelersforchildren.org