With the holiday shopping season upon us, two wish kids, who happen to be brother and sister, both wished to go on shopping sprees. Their wishes recently took place in Sioux Falls.
Levi and Saphire, ages 10 and 17, are both from Bradley, northwest of Watertown. Both face Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) and were referred to Make-A-Wish® when they were at Mayo Clinic.
While in Sioux Falls, they had the chance to stay at the Ramada Inn & Suites, where they enjoyed the indoor water park. Limousines from Stellar Limo picked each of them up for their special wish days.
"Thank you Make-A-Wish for providing a dream come true for a day for my children. It isn't easy for a parent to watch their children go through serious health problems knowing that there is nothing you can do but be there for them. Your organization brought smiles to their faces and tears to my eyes. Thank you for making a great memory-one that we will never forget," said Levi and Saphire's mom, Jackie.
Levi shopped in Sioux Falls on Friday and stops included Best Buy, GameStop, Walmart and several stores in the mall. He enjoyed lunch at Pizza Ranch. His wish was made possible by Adopt-A-Wish® Partner the Gary Rodeo Association.
"I had a great day," Levi said. "I was able to buy everything that I wanted. My best purchase was my new cell phone. Thank you to the volunteers who came with me. The best part was being able to give the cashiers the money myself. I felt like I was rich!"
Saphire shopped on Saturday. Stops included many stores in the Empire Mall and Walmart. She also stopped at Elegant Xpressions, where she found a prom dress. They took their shopping break lunch at Applebee's. Her wish was made possible by Adopt-A-Wish Partner Miles & Lisa Beacom of Sioux Falls.
"I had a wonderful day! I felt like a princess when I tried on my prom dress. Everybody at the Buckle store in the mall were so nice to me. It was a dream come true. Thank you to the Make-A-Wish volunteers for taking pictures all day and spending the day with me. Thank you for the wonderful experience," Saphire said.