Reagan waved to her friends, and they ran over with their sleeping bags and backpacks. The girls hugged and giggled as they turned to board the bus. They were on their way to Reagan’s ultimate sleepover wish.
Ten-year-old Reagan was diagnosed with congenital heart disease when she was a baby, and throughout her life, she has faced serious health struggles that separate her from other kids. It hasn’t always been easy, but Reagan’s Girl Scout Troop has been there for her through it all. Her friends lift her up and support her so that she never feels alone.
When Reagan learned that she would be receiving a wish from Make-A-Wish®
Mid-Atlantic, she knew that the possibilities for her wish were endless, but more than anything else, she wanted to give back to her friends. Reagan’s one true wish was to throw the ultimate sleepover for her Girl Scout Troop so that she could show her appreciation for everything that her pals have done for her.
Reagan’s favorite movie is Princess Diaries 2, and she imagined having a sleepover with her friends just like the princess sleepover in the movie. She was ecstatic to see that the sleepover was everything she envisioned. The girls took pictures in a photo booth, watched a movie together, tie-dyed t-shirts, sang karaoke, made sand art, worked on jigsaw puzzles, played board games, ate s’mores and rode ponies. Best of all, Reagan and her friends got to mattress surf down a staircase just like the princesses in Reagan’s favorite movie!
After her wish, Reagan explained that the wish helped her to reframe her heart condition. She told her mom that throughout her entire life, she has wanted to get away from her illness, but her wish has made her want to celebrate it and everything she has overcome. Reagan’s wish transformed her life by helping her to embrace her journey and think positively.
Thanks to Airbnb, Carnucci's Carnations, Porcci DC, Giant Food, Cake and Confections, Atlantic Bedding and Furniture, Memories By Jess Photography and Jackalope Photography for their generous donations to this wish!