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Bellevue girl honored in Make-A-Wish campaign
A 12-year-old Bellevue girl was the recipient of the Make-A-Wish Believe campaign last Friday, sponsored by Macy’s.
Brooke, who has Hodgkin’s disease, will be awarded a family vacation to Spa Atlantis in the Bahamas, next spring. In addition to the vacation, Macy’s staff presented her with luggage for the trip, and treated her to a mini-makeover.
"With treatment, you're often in and out of the hospital," said Linh Nguyen of the local Make-A-Wish chapter. "You don't get much time to spend with the family, and time spent together is usually focused on the medical condition, or treatment. So [Brooke] had the wish to spend time with her family."
After greeting her at the entrance to Macy's, Brooke and her friends shoveled hundreds of letters into the Believe mailbox, 1,400 of which she'd collected herself.
"The wonderful thing is, Brooke got behind this campaign herself," said Nguyen. "She rallied her own friends and peers...This was supposed to be about her."
Macy's pledged to donate $1 for every letter mailed through the Believe program, or up to $1 million to the Make-A-Wish organization. Nationally, the campaign grants over 300 wishes a year.
Brooke plans to leave for her vacation cruise in April of next year.