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Make-A-Wish grants shopping spree to Cahokia teen

Make-A-Wish grants shopping spree

Make-A-Wish grants shopping spree to Cahokia teen Ashley Walker.
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Make-A-Wish grants shopping spree to Cahokia teen Ashley Walker.

Inside of the Pink store in St. Clair Square in Fairview Heights, Ashley Walker looked through different sweaters and pants to try on.

Store associates even brought Ashley a bag to carry clothes she would try on in a personalized fitting room decorated with streamers, ribbons and stars.

Make-A-Wish Illinois provided a $2,250 shopping spree for 14-year-old Ashley, of Cahokia, who has kidney disease.

Ashley’s first purchase was an iPhone 6 at the Best Buy Mobile store.

“I’ve been wishing for it for a very long time,” Ashley said.

During the day, stops also planned were Rue21, Macy’s and Footlocker, said volunteer Charise Jackson, who organized the day for Make-A-Wish.

When Ashley went to Pink, the store had a welcome message for her on one of the mirrors and a room with goodies including a lunch bag with candy, a signed sweater and tiaras.

“This is all for you!” Pink Store Manager Amy Morton and Assistant Store Manager Sarah Rea said with enthusiasm.

To start off the day, a limousine picked up Ashley and her family in Cahokia and brought her to the mall where the welcoming committee included security guards and a member of the Fairview Heights Police Department.

Ashley is on the waiting list for a transplant, and has to go to dialysis three times a week. The dialysis makes her sick and she gets cramps, she said.

When she was first diagnosed, Ashley’s face would swell up and change colors. She even collapsed at school one day, said Tiffany Fenderson, Ashley’s mom.

But the shopping spree helped take her mind off of the illness.

At the beginning of the shopping spree, Fenderson, said her daughter was excited to be at the mall.

“That’s the stuff she wanted to do, is shop, shop, shop.”

Joseph Bustos: 618-239-2451, @JoeBReporter

How to help

  • To learn more about Make-A-Wish, go to www.illinois.wish.org
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