MADISON COUNTY, N.Y.—In February, nine-year-old Isabelle Storey, of Oneida, experienced a wish come true.
Isabelle has a life-threatening. gastrointestinal disorder, which recently qualified her for a wish through Make-A-Wish® Central New York After meeting with her wish granters to determine her one true wish, she decided to embark on an unforgettable trip to Hawaii with her family. There, she got to go scuba diving, whale watching, and even take surfing lessons.
Learning to surf was one of her favorite parts of the experience, she says, and according to her mom, Angela Storey, it was something that the whole family enjoyed.
Isabelle’s wish was made possible through the generosity of Jewelers for Children, a charity founded in 1999 by the U.S. jewelry industry with a mission of helping children in need. Jewelers for Children connects nearly 3,400 companies that have collectively donated more than $48 million to programs benefiting children affected by illness, abuse, or neglect. In fiscal year 2015, Jewelers for Children donated approximately $750,000 to Make-A-Wish® America to help make wishes come true.
In addition to being the world’s next surfing star, Isabelle is also an artist. As a wish enhancement to her main wish, Isabelle was able to exhibit her creations at her local library prior to spending time in the land of paradise.
Make-A-Wish Central New York is a nonprofit organization dedicated to granting the special wishes
of children between the ages of 2½ and 18 who are living with life-threatening medical conditions.
Since its inception in 1985, Make-A-Wish® has granted more than 1,600 wishes throughout its 15-county region, which includes Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Otsego, St. Lawrence, Tioga and Tompkins counties.
For more information about Make-A-Wish, visit www.cny.wish.org or call (315) 475-WISH (9474). For more information about Jewelers for Children, visit jewelersforchildren.org.
1. Isabelle Storey (center) learning to surf during her trip to Hawaii.
2. Wish kid Isabelle and family soaking up the sun in Hawaii. Pictured from L to R: Angela Storey, Xavier Storey, and Isabelle Storey.