May 20, 2016 – (Wailuku, Hawaii) For children diagnosed with a life-threatening condition, a wish is more than just a day of happiness; it’s a lifelong reminder of support and joy in the darkest of times. For 13-year-old Wailuku girl Kayla, who is battling a brain tumor, that support will shine through a special gift that will last a lifetime.
Like many girls her age, Kayla’s one true wish was to go on a shopping spree and feel what it would be like to have her heart’s desires. Luckily for this young teen, the largest outdoor mall in America, Ala Moana Center, is located just an island away—and her wish helped get her and her family there for the experience of a lifetime. While Kayla was feeling for the first time the freedom of choosing and receiving, a stark contrast from medical diagnoses and hospital treatments, the Jewelers for Children Association and Precision Goldsmiths were planning a gift for her when she returned to Maui that would hold meaning for her for years to come; a gift that would remind her of her journey to healing.
On Wednesday, May 18, Kayla’s wish granters invited her to go on an outing in Wailuku. Expecting nothing more than a typical day out with her family and wish granters, Kayla walked into Precision Goldsmiths to meet storeowners Gary and Kathi who had a special surprise for her. Gary and Kathi explained their expertise of design and creating many of the fine jewelry pieces in the store. Within this conversation, they discovered her favorite color is blue so they collaborated to create a custom heart shaped pendant with a blue Sapphire in the center. This will be the first of many charms that can go on Kayla's gold link bracelet that the Mukai's are gifting Kayla.
In two weeks, Kayla will have a new bracelet and custom gold charm, made just for her, that will remind her of her wish come true and the support of her community at a time when she needed it most. Like the charm, every wish child is unique, and this wish is a true gem made extra special by the generosity of the Precision Goldsmiths, Hawaii Jewelers Association, Jewelers for Children, and their partnership to support the children of Make-A-Wish Hawaii.
Kayla is one of over 100 local children searching for their one true wish today. Become involved in granting wishes to the keiki of our community, like Kayla of Wailuku, by sponsoring a wish, fundraising, volunteering or making a financial gift by visiting hawaii.wish.org.
About Make-A-Wish® Hawaii: Since 1982, Make-A-Wish® Hawaii has granted life-changing wishes to over 13,000 wish kids and their families. The Hawaii chapter is among the busiest in the nation as it not only grants wishes to keiki on all islands, it also coordinates the wishes of children from around the world who wish to see Hawaii.
The Make-A-Wish Hawaii chapter aims to grant the wish of each and every Hawaii child with a life-threatening medical condition, and each year the power of a wish extends beyond the children served, into communities at large. With more than 700 volunteers and more than 200 business partners statewide, wishes bring people together and spread hope, strength and joy to all involved.
To learn more about Make-A-Wish Hawaii, visit www.hawaii.wish.org or call 808-537-3118.
Jewelers for Children: Founded in 1999 by the U.S. jewelry industry with the mission of helping children in need, Jewelers for Children (JFC) has donated more than $48 million to programs benefitting children whose lives have been affected by illness, abuse or neglect through many charity partners including Make-A-Wish®. Their nationwide success is due to the continuing generosity of jewelry trade organizations, jewelry and watch manufacturing companies, jewelry retail stores, individual jewelry professionals and jewelry consumers. To discover more about JFC, visit them at www.jewelersforchildren.org.
Hawaii Jewelers Association: Member companies of Hawaii Jewelers Association include independent jewelry retailers, multi-store jewelry retailers, jewelry manufacturers and suppliers, jewelry designers and brands, and service providers to the jewelry industry. We are known as a hub of fine jewelry industry knowledge and an advocate for professional, high social, ethical and environmental standards in the jewelry trade. Our task has remained the same in our 67 years of service. Visit their website: www.hawaiijewelersassociation.com