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Wish Child Kailen

“ I liked being pampered and feeling powerful. ”

- Wish Child Kailen

Kailen, 17, is a fun loving and sweet girl from Champaign.  She enjoys watching movies and is a big Chicago Bulls fan.  Shopping, however, is something that this teenager truly loves to do.

Kailen was diagnosed with malignant hypertension and vision-threatening retinal vasculitis, complicating her sarcoidosis.  Her condition requires multiple medications to control and puts her in danger of having a stroke. Despite her struggle with this life threatening illness and other medical complications, Kailen’s loved ones still describe her has having high spirits.

Through Make-A-Wish, Kailen wished to go on a shopping spree on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. Recently, Kailen and her grandma were picked up in a limo to begin an unforgettable trip.  Kailen’s love for shopping made for an exciting wish experience!  When on the infamous Magnificent Mile, she went to her favorite stores, which included: Forever 21, Nike Town, Apple Store, Ralph Lauren, and Juicy Couture.  The most memorable part of her day was the food court at the mall in Water Tower and she couldn't believe she was able to get sushi!

Kailen describes her wish experience as making her feel excellent. 

"I liked being pampered and feeling powerful,” Kailen said when reflecting on her day.

I liked being pampered and feeling powerful. ”

— Kailen, Wish Child

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