Eight-year-old Guadalupe from Monmouth is a very friendly, smiley young “girly-girl” who loves the colors pink and purple as described by her parents. She is fond of Hello Kitty, loves to read and write and enjoys playing “teacher” with her friends and dolls.
In 2011, Guadalupe was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), a type of cancer of the blood and bone marrow. The chemotherapy treatments and effects of the illness have caused her to miss a fair amount of school and have required her to spend time away from her friends.
After being referred to Make-A-Wish by her Child-Life specialist at St. Jude Midwest Affiliate in Peoria, Guadalupe met with her volunteer wish granters, Hector Martinez and Jill Ambroson, to talk about her wish. Guadalupe wished for a room redo that featured some of her favorite things like, Hello Kitty and the color pink. Her must-haves for her room redo included a bunk bed so that her friends and cousins could sleep over. She wished for a real chalkboard and a desk, not only to aid her studies but so that she could play teacher, one of her favorite pretend games to play.
In December, Guadalupe’s wish came true. Guadalupe’s wish granters worked with Mid-Illinois Companies to help install a closet system and to paint the room. Artist Tracie O’Sullivan created two special paintings for the room that met Guadalupe’s specifications. Other supplies were provided by Menard’s. Several other volunteers pitched in to complete the final room makeover details.
Guadalupe was all smiles when her room was revealed to her and she climbed up to the top bunk of her bed to survey all of the details of her new room including a chalkboard and new furniture. Guadalupe continues to enjoy her wish and will remember the joy she was able to share with her family for years to come!