Make-A-Wish Central and Western North Carolina grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. A wish come true helps children feel stronger, more energetic, more willing and able to battle their life-threatening medical conditions. Wish kids, parents, medical professionals, volunteers, and others say that wish experiences can change the lives of everyone involved, forever.
Twelve-year-old Mae has endured more than most people five times her age. She was born in China with a rare blood disease called Beta Thalassemia Major, a blood disorder that reduces the production of hemoglobin. Mae was adopted five years ago by her parents Robin and Bryan, who knew they were getting a young girl with special needs. They have tirelessly worked to find her a bone marrow transplant, the only thing that would stop her from getting painful blood transfusions. To date, Mae has gone through over 80 transfusions and has spent over 300 days in the hospital.
Despite the hardships she has faced, Mae remains one of the most upbeat and kind-hearted little girls you would hope to meet. She has a deep love of princesses, which made choosing her Make-A-Wish wish experience incredibly easy. Mae knew with certainty that her wish was to be a princess for the day. What better way to become a princess than to spend a week at Disney World®? Mae and her parents spent a princess-filled week at Disney, where Mae got to meet her beloved idols. Her family had the opportunity to enjoy some quality time together and let Mae become the little princess she truly is.
We are humbled and honored that Mae will be joining us at GUTS again this year as our Make-A-Wish Ambassador. Mae is inspired to continue to help other Wish kids that are waiting for their own wishes to be granted, and she will be carving another pumpkin that will be auctioned off during GUTS to raise funds for other Wish kids. Please join us at the event to meet Mae, and please consider a donation to help courageous children like Mae.