Nine-year-old Ashley, diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, knows all about being taken care of by medical professionals. But in July of 2013, Ashley experienced a different kind of “care” when Microsoft went above and beyond to help grant her wish.
Ashley wanted to have a new computer, but the package Microsoft had put together for her was much more than she could ever imagine. She and her family were given full VIP treatment from start to finish on their one-of-a-kind wish experience!
Picked up in a limo, Ashley and her crew rode in style to Ala Moana Center where her grand wish awaited. A warm and cheerful welcome by Microsoft employees, Make-A-Wish staff and bystanders took Ashley by surprise as she walked into the Ala Moana Center’s Microsoft store. Surrounded by balloons and personalized signs to greet her, Ashley’s day of fun had only just begun.
Like a kid in a candy store, Ashley was given a grand tour of all the latest tech devices by Microsoft staff who helped her pick out her laptop and all the accessories she needed to set-up her dream machine. Ashley even received her own customized case for her laptop featuring her favorite animal – pugs! After her fun-filled shopping spree, Ashley and her family played video games at Microsoft’s game station. Everybody had a blast, moving to the steps of the motion censored video game system – even timid Ashley let loose and danced the day away!
To top off the whole experience, they finished the day at Dave & Buster’s with lunch and games. The end of Ashley’s day didn’t just mark another wish granted, it symbolized another life changed – it gave Ashely and her family the opportunity to forget about her condition and to have fun again. She loved her new laptop and everything that came with it, but it was the moments of laughter, joy and lively spirits that were the true gems in Ashley’s high-tech wish experience!
Special Thanks: Wish granters Rowena Eddins, Raynelle Hochuli, Jamie Kurosawa, Kalae Araujo, and Ala Moana Microsoft Store.