Kay surprises Marina with beautiful gifts at her wish send-off party.
Marina, Kay, and Wish-Mom Patty are all smiles at Marina’s wish send-off party.
Marina and Wish-Dad Jeffrey on a helicopter ride during her wish trip to Alaska.
Kay invites Olivia & her family to a special wish celebration at her store, Kay Cameron Jewelers.
Kay presents Olivia with an animal-themed Pandora bracelet.
Olivia’s wish came true when she met the dogs of her favorite animal shelter.
Kay Cameron, owner of Kay Cameron Jewelers, knows just how to make our wish children feel like gold. Kay is an active member of Jewelers for Children and has been hosting creative wish sendoff parties for our wish kids over the past few years. This year, Kay Cameron and Jewelers for Children helped grant not only one, but two wishes in our area!
Sixteen year-old Marina from Ronkonkoma was introduced to the Make-A-Wish Foundation® in 2015 when she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Soon after, we learned that Marina was not just any ordinary 16 year-old. Despite the countless treatments she received, she had a desire to give back to those who had helped her. Marina organized the “Marina’s Great Back Give Back” event that raised over $18,000 which was given both towards Make-A-Wish® Suffolk County, NY and the Cancer Center for Kids at Winthrop Hospital. Marina’s inspiring strength and courage helped her to overlook the cancer and hold onto her adventurous spirit. After much contemplation, Marina made a wish to go on an Alaskan Cruise with her family.
Kay Cameron and her staff embraced Marina’s giving spirit and threw her a party that exceeded everyone’s expectations. The store was decorated with green balloons, homemade brownies and other refreshments for everyone to enjoy. At the end of the event Kay presented Marina with three presents. The first was a green crocheted satchel bag, the second was a memory box for all of the memorabilia she would get from on Alaskan cruise and the third gift was a cruise ship ornament so that every year during the holidays she and her family could relive the memories from their trip.
Marina’s “dreams came true” when she experienced her wish! Despite the cold weather, Marina and her family enjoyed the trip of a lifetime cruising through Alaska. From watching orca whales breach through the water to riding in a helicopter and dog sledding on a glacier, the trip surmounted beyond everything she thought it would be.
In continuation with the giving spirt, 12 year-old Olivia from North Babylon was our first “I wish to give” wish. Since birth, Olivia has battled Thalassemia, a rare blood disorder. Growing up, Olivia loved animals but always had a special place in her heart for dogs. When asked about what she would like for a wish, Olivia knew she wanted to do something animal related and therefore wished to volunteer her time at an animal shelter in New Orleans.
Kay and her staff were inspired by Olivia’s wish to help others and wanted to give her the beautiful sendoff party that she deserved. Walking into the store, Olivia and her family were greeted with a beautiful dog themed welcome sign and blue balloons, Olivia’s favorite color. The famous homemade brownies were presented with paw print flags in a dog themed container. Just like Marina’s party, Kay had bought Olivia a gift to help her commemorate her wish. Wrapped in a dainty blue box, Olivia opened a beautiful light blue Pandora bracelet that had three different charms. The first was a paw print, the second was a dog and the third was a cat. Olivia and her family were overwhelmed by the love and support from Kay and the staff at Kay Cameron Jewelers.
After Olivia returned home from Louisiana, the family shared the incredible memories from volunteering at the animal shelter. Olivia and her family were able to help with daily tasks which included walking the dogs twice a day, cleaning the bowls and supplies, and carrying the dog food into the office. Not only did Olivia and her family get to visit the animal shelter but they also took some time out to enjoy the local sites that New Orleans had to offer, such as an alligator excursion and a tour of the Meat Packing District. Olivia’s mom said the trip brought her whole family together and created memories that they will talk about for years to come.
It is because of people like Kay Cameron, her staff and those at Jewelers for Children that allow us to live out our mission of spreading hope, strength and joy to our wish kids and their families. Without them, the work that we do would not be possible.