On Saturday, August 16, a local Madison teen recently had his wish come true thanks to Make-A-Wish Foundation, Wal-Mart, and Governor Square Mall.
Anthony “A.J.” Hamilton told Make-A-Wish of Central and Northern Florida that he wanted to go on a shopping spree in Tallahassee, and with the assistance of his Volunteer Wish Team, Elizabeth Rosado and Brent Coughlin, they were able to fulfill A.J.’s wish.
A.J., and his family, started their day by being picked up by Mike’s Limousine and driven to Tallahassee for a day of shopping. Their first stop was Wal-Mart, where A.J. was greeted by the Wal-Mart staff and his own personal shopper. In addition, Wal-Mart reserved a register to be used just by A.J. for checking out the items he picked.
Following Wal-Mart, A.J. went to the Governor Square Mall where he was met by Laura Seaton, a member of the Governor Square Marketing Team, and multiple store owners and managers who gave A.J. donations from their store. “Everyone was extremely excited and generous with their donations and their time,” said Elizabeth Rosado.
“Most kids want to go to Disney or on a cruise but for the shopping sprees the wish team gets be involved and we get to see the kid smile and have fun,” she said.
Since 1980, Make-A-Wish has been granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions in order to give them hope, strength, and joy. Make-A-Wish is now the largest wish-granting organization in the world with 65 chapters in the United States and its territories, and international affiliates in 33 countries spanning five continents.
“There are numerous kids with life-threatening conditions here in Northern Florida that are waiting to have their wish granted and there are some who don’t know about Make-A-Wish,” Rosado said. “I encourage anyone who wants to volunteer to get involved or knows a child that would qualify to contact Make-A-Wish.”
Make-A-Wish of Central and Northern Florida can be contacted at (407)622-4673 or at www.wishcentralfl.wish.org