At just 6 years old, Daisey has already been through three open heart surgeries, the first one when she was a newborn.
Being born with a rare congenital heart defect means she gets tired and cold very easily, and can turn blue quickly. Nevertheless, her dream was to have a Frozen-themed bedroom, decorated in blue and white and full of images of Elsa. “There are always sparkles in her eyes when she talks about her Elsa room” says her mom, and when she started talking again after her most recent surgery she asked, “Is my Elsa room there yet?”
While Daisey was bravely facing down her third open heart surgery, she reassured her mom, Crystal, with the words “Mom don’t worry! I am a good girl!” Meanwhile, a team of inspired and enthusiastic volunteers were busy helping turn her vision of a Frozen themed bedroom into reality. It all began with a surprise gift on her doorstep one day. Volunteer wish grantor Julie Lind left a stuffed Olaf (the snowman from Frozen) on her doorstep, letting her know her wish was coming true. A short while afterward, Crystal sent us a message saying “Daisey has been sleeping with Olaf every night.”
Another volunteer, interior designer Julie Giampaoli, was brought in to help create Daisey’s Elsa bedroom—everything from creating the “Elsa window” Daisey wanted (blinds with snowflakes on them) to finding a carpenter to create the custom throne—blue with white diamonds, according to Daisey’s specifications. Another volunteer, wish dad Tim Buchanan, was also on hand the day of her wish to help remodel her room. Says Giampaoli, “Daisey was a very shy girl, but when we did the reveal she was smiles ear to ear.”
Volunteers help renew lives. Every day of the year, they introduce hope and inspiration into the lives of children fighting overwhelming odds. Daisey’s mom agrees. “We appreciate all Make-A-Wish volunteers who helped our little girl fight her illness and frustration during her hospital visits.”