“Iliana! Iliana! Iliana, look over here! Iliana, we love you!” Iliana loves to imagine life as a celebrity, just like her favorite actress and singer Ariana Grande. She sees the glamorous clothes and the beautiful California houses on social media, but she dreams of someday being famous enough to have it all for herself. The 11-year-old battles lymphoma and recently moved from North Carolina to Quantico, VA with her family because her stepfather is in the military. Throughout her medical journey, Iliana has found comfort in making and editing her own videos. She loves expressing herself through her work, sharing details about her life’s adventures including moving to a new city. Iliana was so excited to hear that Make-A-Wish® Mid-Atlantic would be granting her one true wish, so she wished to have an Apple desktop computer. What else could help her make the best videos and continue to grow her passion?
Iliana needed the right equipment, so Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic had her put together an Amazon Wish List to figure out what could go with a new computer. Iliana wanted to create the perfect space to make videos, so she asked for a new glass-top desk, the perfect desk chair and a printer with ink and paper. Once the wish list was ready, it was sent out to Make-A-Wish supporters for help. Everything on her list was bought in a matter of days! The community came together to grant Iliana’s wish, and now she’s set up for success to make the best high-quality videos for everyone to watch!