Skyler wished to bake with the Walt Disney World pastry chefs in 2011. Today, her wish has inspired her to create her own pastry business.
When I was twelve years old, I was diagnosed with Alexander's Disease, which is a demyelinating white matter disorder in the brain. Over the course of the first year, I had to undergo numerous MRIs, go to many doctors appointments, and have a couple of surgeries. When my mom told me Make-A-Wish® was coming to my house to talk to me about having a wish granted, I was speechless!
I didn't have to think long about what I wanted my wish to be; it came to me pretty quick! Before my wish team came to my house for the first time, I was watching a lot of baking shows and wanting to try a lot of the techniques I saw. My favorite place to go on vacation is Disney World; so I decided to combine the two. My wish was to work with the Walt Disney World® pastry chefs during the holiday season! I worked with Chef Ellen and Chef Jade in the lobby of the Grand Floridian Hotel decorating a gingerbread house while Chef Ellen did demonstrations for the guests staying at the hotel. I also decorated gingerbread ornaments with Chef Jade.
After my wish, I was inspired to start my own cupcake business called Petite Sweets by Skyler! That led me to looking into culinary colleges, and I got accepted into the three I applied to; Johnson and Wales, Monroe College and Suffolk County Community College.
My wish really outlined my future and the career I want to pursue when I graduate from high school.
I am now a representative for Make-A-Wish® Suffolk County, NY. I am on the Wish Alumni Committee, and I go to numerous events every year to speak about my wish and the great impact it's had on my life.