Dear Friends and Family,
Welcome to the Hearts for Wishes fundraising page! We started this page to bring more awareness about Make-A-Wish and help grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions and are asking for your support. We invite you to attend our awareness event, Hearts for Wishes, being held Friday, February 26, 5:30-7:30 pm at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, 1600 Division Street, Suite 700, Nashville. This event offers wine tastings with paired appetizers by Red Wine and Bacon & Caviar Catering. Our special Wish guests will be the Bowles Family of Nashville.
Together, we can change lives of children - like Tarin.
Tarin was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) at the age of five in February 2015. After one extremely difficult month of intense chemotherapy, Tarin's leukemia, like that in so many other children with ALL, was in remission. Even with that early success, Tarin’s treatment protocol requires over two more years of chemotherapy after that point in order to prevent relapse. In the year since her diagnosis, she has experienced many ups and downs, but has remained so brave and resilient in the face of each new challenge, including starting kindergarten while receiving daily doses of IV chemo. She had met only one of her classmates before, and as a result, none of them knew what she had been through or, in particular, why she didn't have any hair.
Since she was 2 years old, Tarin has been twirling through the house (and many public places as well) singing Disney show tunes that even at such an early age she managed to memorize in full. She then moved on to other Broadway shows as well, filling the house with songs from Annie and Wicked, among others. When the Make-a-Wish volunteers came to talk to Tarin about her wish after she was sent home from the hospital, Tarin gushed about her love of singing and theater, and she wished to go to Broadway to meet Princess Jasmine.
Over the following months, when she was struggling with the side effects of chemo, talking about going to Broadway would always put a smile on her face. The anticipation of the trip helped lift her spirits and distract her from the near-daily pain or discomfort she would feel during long stretches of treatment.
Tarin started the maintenance phase of treatment at the end of November, at which point she was able to travel to New York for her trip! Make-a-Wish scheduled it for the first week of December. Everyone knew that the trip was going to be perfect for her when Tarin gasped and exclaimed, "I love this city!," as the limo driving Tarin and her family from the airport emerged from the Lincoln Tunnel and into Manhattan. On the afternoon of her wish, she arrived at the theater wearing a full Princess Jasmine costume and one of the biggest smiles of her life. A Disney representative and Make-a-Wish volunteered then took her into a “secret” prop room that housed props from all of the Disney musicals that had played in that theater, including The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, andBeauty and the Beast. She was then greeted by one of the show's dance captains, its director and associate conductor. Tarin told them that she loved to sing, so they invited her to sing a song with them at the piano. She asked to sing, "A Whole New World." In the middle of the song, Courtney (who plays Jasmine in the play) came up from behind and joined in right on cue. It brought tears to everyone’s eyes watching Tarin finish the song hand-in-hand with Princess Jasmine! Other highlights from the night included the Genie waving and saying, "Hi Tarin!" in the middle of "A Friend Like Me," and Jasmine catching her eye and waving excitedly to her during the curtain call. Tarin was invited backstage after the show and had a chance to meet the rest of the cast and say goodbye to her new friends!
Thanks to Make-a-Wish and the generous donors from Bradley Arant that made her wish trip possible, it was an absolutely magical day that Tarin will never forget (she still can’t stop talking about it).
Please help by contributing any amount you can- $30, $50, $100 or even more. Every dollar you donate can help Make-A-Wish kids renew their courage and find a turning point in their lives.
Please contact Christina at heartsforwishesMT@gmail.com for any questions or to RSVP to Hearts for Wishes.
Thank you for your support!
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THANKS TO THESE SUPPORTERS
- Russ and Melanie Morgan
- Barry and Angie Wilson - $300.00
- Anonymous - $250.00
- Christopher Bowles
- Joey and Sue Ann Hemphill - $100.00
- Beth Torres
- Kevin and Katie Crumbo