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Ximena on her shopping spree

“ ...she just could focus on shopping and laughing with her mom and dad. ”


- Amy, Ximena's Wish Coordinator

Ximena, just like many teenagers, is energetic and enthusiastic. But unlike so many kids her age, Ximena is battling Leukemia.

Ximena is originally from Peru but St. Jude brought her to Memphis to recover from Leukemia. Treatment was tiring and trying for the family, but when her doctor referred her to Make-A-Wish, so many things started to change. 

The family could see a difference in Ximena’s energy level as the anticipation of her shopping spree approached. She told Make-A-Wish staff multiple times how excited she was to buy a designer purse.

Just a few weeks later, the day of her shopping spree rolled around. A limo drove Ximena and her family to the Macy’s at Wolfchase Galleria in Memphis to start the day’s festivities. Ximena swept through the mall, picking out new clothes, accessories and, yes, her new designer purse.   

Ximena is now back home, but her new goodies and good memories of her wish day continue to bring her joy.

Not only did Ximena get to buy the things she wanted, but she got to enjoy the day shopping with her family. They weren’t worried about hospital appointments. She just could focus on shopping and laughing with her mom and dad. ”

— Amy, Ximena's Wish Coordinator

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