Redding Make-A-Wish recipient gives back

Nov 9, 2014 7:39 PM by Charlene Cheng

When she was 18 years old, Redding resident Chelsa Aboud was given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

"In 2010 I was granted my wish, and I asked to go to the Grammys. Make-A-Wish flew us to L.A., and we got to go watch the rehearsals, see the actual Grammys show, we got to be on the red carpet and see all the stars coming in," she said.

Chelsa has lived with cystic fibrosis her entire life, and Make-A-Wish helped distract her from the daily stresses that the illness brings.

"Tt just gives you a break from having to think about all the doctors appointments, medications. For me, I have to do breathing treatments and take different kinds of medications every single day, and for me it was just a chance to forget about that for a little bit," she said.

Now, Chelsa is giving back as a volunteer wish grantor, and helped fulfill her first wish last year.

"The little boy got to go to Disneyland, and so it was really neat to see how excited he was for the trip and see how excited the family was," she said.

Chelsa's mom Tami joins her in dedicating free time to Make-A-Wish.

During the holiday season, they're busy with Macy's "Believe" campaign, which donates one dollar to the organization for every letter to Santa that customers drop off in the store.

"It's just to see these kids, help them find a wish that they want to get, and then when you actually get to let them know what the wish is going to be, to see the excitement on their face, its just priceless," Tami said.

But for Chelsa and Tami, wish granting is a year-round business.

"I just want to continue helping out and granting wishes, and I also just like to tell my story and let people know what Make-A-Wish does for everyone," Chelsa said.

From now until December 24, you can help Make-A-Wish simply by heading to Macy's and filling out a letter to Santa.

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