Margaret, 18, is a giver. She gives happiness to her family and friends. She gives smiles readily to strangers. She gives hugs and good feelings to her caregivers. And now, thanks to Make-A-Wish® Arizona, she gives back to Tucson Medical Center, which has helped her live with her condition for the past 18 years.
Margaret was diagnosed a little after her first birthday with a life-threatening disorder that affects the brain and nervous system that has no cure. She has lived her life in a wheelchair, training and retraining her muscles to do simple things that we all take for granted.
According to her mom, Danielle, Margaret takes nothing for granted, which is why, when she was approached by Make-A-Wish Arizona, she decided to use her wish to have a shopping spree at Best Buy to benefit all the kids who are regularly in the Tucson Medical Center Children’s Clinic, like she is.
“She was worried about the kids at the center having to share when they wanted to play games,” said Danielle. “She wanted to the kids to be able to be kids, and to stop thinking of the pain they are in when they are in the hospital.”
Best Buy on Broadway opened early for Margaret, and created a special shopping spree, with iPad minis lined up and surrounded by balloons and welcome signs. In addition to the iPads, Margaret purchased iTune gift cards, video games and video game consoles that she knew the kids would like.
Then it was off to Tucson Medical Center, where she was met by the leadership and staff who hosted a party in her honor. In addition to the toys Margaret donated, her story of inspiration had led others in the community to donate so there was quite a stash of toys waiting to go into the hospital’s toy closet.
The party included a cake from Cakes for Causes, and a small presentation by Danielle, who spoke for Margaret when she said that Tucson Medical Center was a home-away-from-home for the family.
“Margaret is always thinking of others and we are so pleased that we could use her wish to help out a facility that has seen us through so much in our lives,” said Danielle.