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National Believe Day Fashion Show

Believe Day 2015
Eat your heart out Selena Gomez, you have nothing on these kids.

December 11, 2015

From Oil City News

Friday December 11th nine special kids from the Casper area dressed up in the newest, coolest #christmasswag for the 2015 Macy's Believe Day.

For the last eight years, Macy’s stores nationwide have participated in the Believe campaign to raise funds for Make-A-Wish®. Santa believers of all ages are encouraged to write a letter to St. Nick and drop it in the big red letterbox at their local Macy’s store. For each letter collected in stores and online through Christmas Eve, Macy's will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish, up to $1 million, to help grant wishes of children who have life-threatening medical conditions.

At the Casper Believe Day event, local wish kids and their families walked the catwalk in holiday attire provided by Macy’s.

The “models” also had an opportunity to get their hair and make-up fixed by Macy’s staff before stepping on stage.

“This year’s Believe Day event with Macy’s was the biggest and most noticeable event we’ve had," said Tess Kersenbrock, community relations coordinator for Make-A-Wish Wyoming.

Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. It is a common misconception that the organization solely grants the wishes of children with terminal illnesses. To be eligible for a wish, a child must have a life-threatening illness that is defined as progressive, degenerative or malignant.

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  • Referrals Make Wishes Possible: ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ For RN Darcey Cowardin of Laramie Physicians for Women and Children, her journey with Make-A-Wish Wyoming began with Esther. ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ Esther, “Essie,” was the first child under Darcey’s care that was diagnosed with cancer; she would also become the first patient that Darcey would see through the wish granting process at Make-A-Wish Wyoming. ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ In 2015, Esther was four years old and battling leukemia when the nurses at Laramie Physicians for Women and Children called to refer her for a wish. Essie’s wish to go to Disney World to meet Anna and Elsa was granted in June 2016. As a referral, “once you’re able to see that personally, it changes your life,” just like Essie changed Darcey’s life.The referral is just the beginning of a life changing experience for wish children and families. However, Make-A-Wish staff members do not approach eligible children and are dependent on third party referrals to begin the wish process. ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ Referrals to the wish granting program can be made by doctors, nurses, social workers, parents/ guardians, and even the wish child themselves. ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ According to statistics from the Make-A-Wish® America, the Wyoming chapter is only reaching about half of the children in the state who are medically eligible for a wish.That means for every wish granted in Wyoming, there is one more eligible child who has yet to be referred to the organization. ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ The staff members at Laramie Physicians for Women and Children are bridging this gap by making sure that their patients who may qualify are referred for the opportunity to have their wishes granted. ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ Dr. Debra Anderson of Laramie Physicians for Women and Children has been in practice for 20 years and explained that over the past few years “it’s been fun to get more involved in Make-A-Wish” as she and her nurses have referred numerous children to Make-A-Wish Wyoming. She is a champion for wish granting and a champion for these children, according to her nurse Darcey Cowardin. Dr. Anderson explained that the main motivation for referring a child is to see them have the benefit of a wish , to “build them up, because they’re little” and going through a difficult time. As a medical professional, watching a child look forward to getting their wish granted, especially if they have to endure treatment, is something that stays with you says Dr. Anderson. ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ Currently, the staff at Laramie Physicians for Women and Children is on another wish journey with an eligible wish child in Laramie, Wyoming, and it all started with a referral. ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ If you know a child in Wyoming battling a life-threatening illness, who may be eligible for a wish. Visit us at:
Make-A-Wish® Wyoming
PO Box 273
Casper, WY 82602
(307) 234-9474
Toll Free Wyoming Only (888) 996-9474