When Mia Gabriela was diagnosed with leukemia, she was given the opportunity from Make-A-Wish Puerto Rico to wish for anything. After a long stay at the hospital, on May 3rd, the doctors allowed Mia to meet our good friends of Bristol-Myers Squibb (Maribelis Ruiz, Medical Director of BM, Alfredo Alonso, Oncology Director and Rosa Carrasquillo, Director Cardiovascular and Immunosciences, to receive from them the great news that her wish was going to be granted.
The next day was a very special day for Mia. That day was Mia’s birthday and she was going to celebrate making her wish come true. Early in the morning volunteers from Make-A-Wish were waiting for her at Plaza Las Américas Mall to lead her in the shopping spree experience. Mia was companied by her mom Amneris and her stepdad Jorge Luis. The first store that Mia wanted to visit was Disney Store, were the Cast Members were waiting for her and she had the opportunity to use magic to open the store. Mia got to shop at Journeys, Foot Lockers Kids, Build-A-Bear, Pandora, Bath and Body Works, Forever 21, Specs, Children’s Place, Zara, Old Navy and Best Buy. Mia felt like a super star because the staff from every store that she visited made her feel like a princess. After doing all the shopping we celebrate Mia’s birthday with a dinner at Chilis, one of her favorites restaurants and we sang Happy Birthday wishing Mia blessings and all the strength to overcome her illness.
Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) and Make-A-Wish share a deep commitment to providing emotional support for patients and their families. Thank you, BMS! Your gift to Make-A-Wish in 2018 does more than bring joy to children with cancer. You help us give them an edge in conquering their illnesses.