13/06/2011 – Eleven year old Abi Jones from Gresford in Wrexham has had her wish to go to New York City granted by Starlight Children’s Foundation, the UK’s leading wish granting charity for children with serious and terminal illnesses.
Just days before Christmas in 2008, Abi was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, which is a life-threatening form of cancer that can in occur in children.
Abi’s grandmother said: “We spent the worst Christmas Day in Alder Hey Hospital – the whole family were in shock. I can’t believe what cancer can do to a family – I have watched my fun loving daughter and my adorable, lovely natured granddaughter become a shadow of themselves. Abi has endured many gruelling months of intensive treatment yet she has been so brave and never complains.”
Abi’s grandmother referred her to Starlight for a once-in-a-lifetime wish and she chose to go to New York City with her family and her sister Ella, aged 5. Once in the Big Apple, Abi and her family were able to see the sights in a limo and have a movie tour of the famous city.
On their return, Abi told Starlight, “Thank you very much to Starlight for making my wish come true. The whole family enjoyed it so much. The limo driver was lovely and the movie tour was amazing!”
Contact: Henny Breakwell
Tel: 020 7262 2881 #231
Starlight grants a once-in-a-lifetime wish for seriously and terminally ill children, restoring the magic and fun of childhood and giving the whole family happy memories to share, whatever the future holds.
Starlight also creates entertainment in every hospital and hospice throughout the UK. Sick children go to Starlight parties, laugh their way through pantomimes, go out on Starlight Escapes, play games and watch films on the Starlight Fun Centre, and enjoy the toys and puzzles of the Starlight Distraction Box. Happy children respond better to treatment and Starlight helps children to forget about their illness and simply have a bit of fun.
You can make a donation online or by calling us on 020 7262 2881. For every £1 you donate, Starlight can assure you that 91p goes towards helping very ill children. To refer a child for a wish, simply complete our wish referral form.