HONOLULU, HI – On December 7, National Believe Day, Macy’s Ala Moana helped Make-A-Wish® Hawaii reveal that 10-year-old Zeila of Mililani and her family will soon be going to Tokyo for her wish come true.
Friday’s event marked the 11th anniversary of the Believe campaign, which helps Make-A-Wish grant wishes to children with critical illnesses. In honor of Believe Day, Macy’s doubled its donation for each letter to Santa collected in-store or at macys.com/believe and helped grant wishes in 25 cities across America, including here in Honolulu for local wish kid Zeila.
Zeila, who is battling lupus, loves anime and Japanese culture. She and her family were surprised as her wish to visit anime museums in Tokyo was revealed in a special in-store event featuring a DJ, dancers, and local anime enthusiasts who dressed as Zeila’s favorite characters.
Zeila’s mother, Jessica, said it was a day the family will never forget. “I’ve honestly never seen Zeila so happy,” she said.
After the reveal, Macy’s Ala Moana Vice President Store Manager Demmis Cisneros presented Zeila’s family with a generous gift of cold-weather attire to wear on their trip to Tokyo.
“We were touched by Zeila’s story and journey, and for us to part of it meant the world to our team,” said Cisneros, who described the experience as incredible. “Twenty-five stores in the country were able to fulfill a wish on Believe Day, and we were thrilled to be one of them.”
“We are so grateful for Macy’s continued partnership, especially to our local Macy’s teams across the islands who help change the lives of keiki like Zeila,” said Janel Chandler, interim CEO and director of marketing and events at Make-A-Wish Hawaii. “Macy’s Ala Moana went above and beyond to make Zeila’s wish reveal a defining moment in her journey and a source of hope for the future.”
To learn more about Make-A-Wish Hawaii, visit hawaii.wish.org.
About Make-A-Wish Hawaii
Make-A-Wish® Hawaii creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We seek to bring every eligible child’s wish to life, because a wish is an integral part of a child’s treatment journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight their illness. Headquartered in Honolulu, Make-A-Wish Hawaii is considered one of the top charities in the state, with 78 cents of every dollar raised going directly toward granting wishes in Hawaii. One of the first local Make-A-Wish chapters established, Make-A-Wish Hawaii continues to be among the busiest in the nation. Together, generous donors, supporters, staff and more than 700 volunteers have granted over 1,300 wishes for children across the state of Hawaii since 1982 and have hosted more than 14,000 others for children around the world; the chapter granted nearly 100 local wishes in 2017 alone, the most in its 35-year history. For more information about Make-A-Wish Hawaii, visit Hawaii.wish.org.