THE MAKE-A-WISH Foundation has granted eight-year-old Chloe Bernal's wish - to go on a shopping spree on Friday, making her the fourth child on Saipan this year to have his or her wishes come true.
Chloe has had a pulmonary congenital heart disease since birth, according to her mother, Cinderella Bernal.
"My daughter had gone through three major surgeries already: when she was one month old, then when she was six months old, and when she was a year and a half. They put an artificial tube for her heart vein, and a pacemaker for her heart."
Chloe will undergo another surgery in August next year to change her pacemaker, her mother said.
Victor Camacho, executive director of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, said: "She is our fourth Saipan kid for the year. We sent a young man to the Philippines early this year, then we sent a girl to Hong Kong, and we had BJ Belacora two weeks ago who wished for iPads and to be a firefighter, and now we have Chloe's wish."
Camacho said among the items on Chloe's shopping list was an iPad. "So we did get her an iPad Pro which is the biggest iPad they make and it is really awesome," Camacho added.
From Docomo, Chloe received Beats 2 wireless headphones, JBL clip speakers, a power bank, and other promotional items.
Chloe and her family also spent some time at Lollipops shopping for toys and Girl Talk clothes for Chloe. Then they had lunch at the Hyatt and Chloe also had her nails done at Pena House.
"We want to thank the community for always contributing, and always giving back to our kids," Camacho said. "These are our kids, and all the money that is donated and all the services that are donated go toward kids like Chloe."
Chloe's mother said the foundation's kindness to her daughter was "overwhelming."
"Thank you very much for the presents and gifts for Chloe, and we also found out that it was not only for her but also for the whole family. We are very thankful for this opportunity - regardless of who we are they still granted her wish."
According to Camacho, "When you look at a child going through a serious illness the whole family is affected - the siblings, the parents. Our philosophy is we're going to celebrate with the child and the entire family. It's truly a wish for the entire family so we are happy to help Chloe and her parents and brothers at the same time."
Chloe has two siblings: one-year- old Yeoj and five-year-old Josh. Her father, Joey, is an IT specialist at the Kensington Hotel, while her mother is an e-service analyst at Fiesta Resort & Spa.
Chloe's mother said it was Dr. Leticia Borja of the Commonwealth Health Center who encouraged them to send an application to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
"We applied in May 2016 and Make-A-Wish contacted us," Cinderalla said.
"Chloe plays the piano, she likes to go for walks in the park, but she can't over-exert herself as she is on oxygen every night." She also needs constant monitoring, her mother said.
Camacho said the foundation wants to be of service to other children like Chloe.
"We are asking people, if they know of anybody who might be qualified for a wish, a child 2 to 18 years old. The easiest way to get in touch with us is through our phone number, 483-9474, or you can also check us at guam.wish.org/; we are Make-A-Wish Guam but we have also been serving the CNMI for the last 29 years."
Source: Marianas Variety