Maiyah’s life changed forever when she was diagnosed with leukemia at age 15. Her new life included weekly trips to the hospital to get blood drawn and a bone marrow transplant with more than two months recovery in the hospital.
“I’ve luckily been able to drive her to and from the hospital and take her to all her appointments,” said her father, Walter. “I’m so proud of how she’s handled it all.”
Through all the trials of her illness, music has been a constant source of support for Maiyah and her family.
“I don’t have a favorite song, but music is so empowering to me, especially when I was going through everything in the hospital,” said Maiyah. “I knew so many of the artists performing at Coachella this year, so I wished to go to Coachella to see them live.”
Maiyah was so excited when she was told her wish was coming true, especially because Coachella was going to be her first concert ever.
“It was so good to see her happy and excited about something,” said Micheria, Maiyah’s mother. “She’d really been down, having to stay home from school and miss out on graduation and everything due to a whopping cough outbreak. The wish gave her something to look forward to.”
“I couldn’t believe my family and I were going to get to see so many cool artists perform!” said Maiyah, who set off for California with her parents and one of her friends when the big weekend arrived.
“Every day was packed with things to do,” Maiyah said. “We would get to the concert grounds in the afternoon and stay as late as 1 a.m. watching all the performances.”
Maiyah also received special passes to the artists’ lounge, where she was able to meet a few of the performers before and after their sets.
“Even though it was my first concert, I definitely think it will always be my favorite,” Maiyah said.
After returning home from her star-studded wish, Maiyah is now focusing on catching up on her credits so she can attend University of Arizona in the winter to study nursing.
And best of all, Maiyah is in remission.
“I’m feeling good about the future,” she said. “My wish definitely made me feel more optimistic, and it made my final semester of senior year something to remember.”