Every year your birthday comes and goes, another 365 days. Close your eyes, blow out the candles and make a wish. But for some kids, another birthday is a dream come true. For 16-year-old Jazzmen, her birthday wish couldn’t have come at a better time.
In 2008, Jazzmen was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. During her extensive treatment she held onto one dream “I want to feel like royalty on my 16th birthday…and I want to have all of my family and friends there to experience my wish come true.”
As Jazzmen faced chemotherapy treatments, talk of a royal birthday bash always made her smile. In January, the birthday of Jazzmen’s dreams finally arrived. A stretch limo picked up Jazzmen and her best friends and took them to the Barrister House in St. Clair Shores where wish granters and volunteers had been busy planning the perfect day.
Jazzmen, dressed in a gold sequined party dress with a tiara in her hair, was all smiles when she entered the room. She was greeted by a 20-foot balloon archway, tables decked with blue and gold decorations, a beautiful cake, a chocolate fountain, a DJ, and best of all, the beaming faces of her closest friends and family. Among the many guests were two teachers who helped Jazzmen stay strong throughout her diagnosis and treatment.
Jazzmen’s mom, Shawntye’s most memorable moment of the night was to see her daughter walk through the door with a huge smile after months of chemo treatments.
“Everything she had asked for was a dream come true,” said Shawntye. “Jazzmen is a true inspiration for all of us. When she learned that she had this disease, she didn’t break down or cry one time through chemotherapy, radiation and all the needles…her strength helped me through it all.”
Jazzmen, along with her friends and family, danced the night away and posed for photos to commemorate this special evening.
For all in attendance at Jazzmen’s Sweet 16 party, it was clear this young lady and her birthday wish were reasons to truly celebrate.
“They [Make-A-Wish] really made me feel like a princess,” Jazzmen gushed. “My wish meant the world to me and I couldn’t have asked for a better wish…it was a night to remember!”