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Tahnasia's Shopping Spree Helps Her Escape Reality


“ We think she had a really good time ”

- Make-A-Wish Alabama Volunteers

Tahnasia’s world has been surrounded with hospital rooms and treatments. She has made this new world her own by covering it in the color pink, Alabama football and Miami Heat basketball memorabilia. Tahnasia is in need of an escape from reality, and a shopping spree is just want she wants!

Before Tahnasia was admitted to the hospital, she enjoyed watching her favorite TV shows and reading Junie B. Jones. She told Make-A-Wish® Alabama that she loved all types of music, so when it came to picking her wish, the answer was simple: A shopping spree at Colonial Bel Air Mall.

Make-A-Wish Alabama volunteers Celeste and Ashla took her wish one step further. They planned her wish around her Birthday! On the day of her wish a white limousine filled with pink balloons and Cici’s pizza arrived at Tahnasia’s house to pick up her and her family. It was now time to update Tahnasia’s wardrobe at Charlotte Russe, add some new stylin’ shoes from Foot Locker and purchase some electronic accessories from Best Buy!

As they hit the Colonial Bel Air Mall, Tahnasia’s dad helped her coordinate some of her outfits as she tried things on. With more bags than she could carry in hand they headed to Best Buy. With the help of staff; Tahnasia was able to pick out a pair of Beats by Dre® headphones, a new cell phone and a laptop. Special thanks to Best Buy for helping Tahnasia fulfill her wish of having not one but all three electronic accessories! “We think she had a really good time” Make-A-Wish Alabama volunteers said.

Tahnasia’s face showed pure joy that day. Now, her Beats by Dre, cell phone and new laptop will accompany Tahnasia to all future hospital visits. Still, the memories of her day, the care of her wish-granting volunteers and the warm welcome of every store employee will always be just a thought away. 

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