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Skyla's Wish Hits a High Note!

Skyla in the recording stuido!
Skyla, a 17-year-old wish kid from the Big Island, recently visited Oahu to see her doctor, and got a surprise pre-wish musical experience at Honolulu Community College.

Diagnosed with lupus at 13-years-old, Skyla has undergone a battle that no teenager should have to face. But through it all, music has remained a source of hope for her; it has gotten her through the hardest of times and has inspired her to keep fighting.

John Vierra, MELE's program coordinator, took Sklya on a tour of the studios where she got behind the mic and recorded "Drops of Jupiter" with the help of his students. The amazing experience was just the first step of her one true wish to have a recording experience in New York City! 

Skyla's mother, May, said, "Today was like Cinderella after the ball wondering if it was all a dream. I always thought a wish would be cool but now I understand the restorative power of a wish. It has been a battle since she was diagnosed and this weekend, I saw a glimpse of her old self. To truly see her happy, confident and smiling was a huge gift and I want thank you."

  • Skyla and MELE program coordinator, John Vierra, in the studio! Photos courtesy of Darcy Fiero.

  • One of Skyla's many musical talents; playing piano!

  • Make-A-Wish Hawaii Wish Coordinator, Danielle Marstaller, with Skyla during her visit!

  • Skyla enjoying Oahu with her mom, May.

  • 17-year-old Skyla looking beautiful after her exciting day in the studio that reignited her passion for music.

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