“Good Morning America” is helping Macy’s promote its annual Believe campaign to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. On Nov. 29, “GMA” spotlighted how pop star Selena Gomez stepped in to lend a hand and made a 10-year-old girl’s dream come true. 2012 marks the 5th year of Macy’s Believe campaign and it’s going on right now.
For every stamped letter to Santa that’s dropped in a specially marked Macy’s Believe mailbox, the retailer will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish, up to $1 million. On Thursday, “GMA” showed how those donations make very special wishes come true. In one case, 10-year-old brain cancer patient, Frehley Gilmore got to meet her icon, Selena Gomez, and “GMA” was there to document their one-on-one meeting.
Up until last February, Frehley was a normal 10-year-old. She loves to play softball, hang out with friends and play with Toby, her pet guinea pig. “She has so many good qualities. She’s so warm and caring. She’s the one friend who will give the hug when the other friends are being mean,” mom Lisa Gilmore said on “GMA” on Thursday. She was also very healthy and never spent a day in the hospital.
Then, in February of 2012, Frehley started complaining of head and stomachaches. After running tests, the doctors found a tumor in Frehley’s brain and diagnosed the youngster with stage 3-4 cancer. Frehley’s team of physicians successfully removed the tumor and she is now cancer free. When Josh Elliott asked Frehley if the surgery was scary, she answered bravely, “Well, it wasn’t scary. It was let’s do it and get done with it.” Her dad added, “From the moment all this started, she’s been fearless.” Her mom explained on “Good Morning America,” “She’s amazing. She’s like a little rock. That’s what kept us all together.”
Because of the seriousness of her illness, Frehley became part of the Make-A-Wish program and was granted a wish. She asked to meet Selena Gomez because, “She’s awesome!” Frehley was told that she and her family were invited to New York City to talk about Make-A-Wish on “GMA.” They all met Josh Elliott at Serendipity, a famous restaurant known for its frozen chocolate desserts. “What if I told you that you could meet Selena right now?” Josh asked Frehley. Out popped Selena and out popped a huge grin on Frehley’s surprised face.
This is not the first time that Selena Gomez has granted a wish for Make-A-Wish. In fact, Gomez is quite philanthropic and participates in activities for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, DoSomething.org, Raise Hope for Congo, and Disney’s Friends for Change. She appeared on the Hope for Haiti Now telethon and was named ambassador to the Ryan Seacrest Foundation in April 2012. On Nov. 27, Selena attended the annual UNICEF Snowflake Ball and said of the organization, “I honestly believe in what UNICEF does. I believe in them and what they do.”
Upon meeting Frehley and granting her wish for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Selena Gomez said on “Good Morning America,” “It’s probably one of my favorite things that I get to do in my job. It makes me happy to come out and do this. I feel like I’m not doing enough.” Interestingly, Justin Bieber is also very active with Macy’s Believe campaign. In 2011, he fulfilled 90 wishes for Make-A-Wish patients.
To help raise money for Make-A-Wish over the holiday season, have your child write a letter to Santa Claus and take it to any Macy’s store to drop in the designated mailbox. Macy’s will contribute up to $1 million dollars. As of Nov. 29, 345,709 letters have been written and placed in the mailboxes.
In addition, December 14 is National Believe Day. On this special day, children across the country with life-threatening medical conditions will be granted wishes at their local Macy’s store.
To learn more about the Macy’s Believe campaign for Make-A-Wish, visit the website.
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