Shopping for clothes, shoes and jewelry brings Jehne, 14, an enjoyment unlike any other. But, shopping for these things at the largest mall in the United States was a wish come true.
Jehne’s wish to have a shopping spree at Mall of America allowed her to shop until she dropped. She eagerly searched for deals and enjoyed exploring the mall with her family.
“It will forever be an experience to remember because it was especially planned for me,” Jehne said. “Not only that, but I also got the chance to share this experience with the ones I love.”
Weeks after Jehne and her twin brother, Cheva, were born, Jehne was diagnosed with a hematologic disorder, but her brother was not. Since then, Jehne and her family have adapted to her diagnosis, their support system has grown, and they continue to do everything in their power to keep her happy and healthy.
“When Jehne goes through a crisis, the whole family dynamics is put on hold to cater to Jehne’s needs,” Jehne’s mom, Tomeshia, said. “Whether it’s taking her to countless doctor appointments, waiting on her hand and foot, taking her to the hospital and rotating shifts, or staying up all night medicating her. As a family, we go through it together.”
Because of her disorder, Jehne can’t engage in some of the activities other kids can. She has to worry about things like the weather being too cold or too hot, only being able to swim in heated pools and having low energy.
Jehne’s wish was a great opportunity for her and her family to be worry-free and enjoy their time together without distractions.
“It was one of the happiest moments that this family has had in a long time,” Tomeshia said.
Inside Mall of America, there is a miniature golf course and Nickelodeon Universe amusement park, which Jehne and her family were able to experience, as well. They laughed at each other’s reactions on the park rides and will keep those silly memories close to their hearts always.
Amidst the laughter, good times and new experiences, Jehne was able to slip her disorder to the back of her mind as she was the center of attention, not her disorder.
“My Make-A-Wish® experience will forever remind me how to step away and take a break from everything every once in a while,” Jehne said. “Sometimes we are so focused on our other responsibilities we forget to make time for ourselves.”