In many ways, Mary is your typical 8-year-old girl. She loves to dance, make arts & crafts and the color pink, and when she met with her wish granters from Make-A-Wish® Philadelphia, Delaware & Susquehanna Valley, she was proud to show them her Lilly Pulitzer themed bedroom. Mary loves the bright colors of the fashion brand’s designs—and having fun and playful Lilly Pulitzer bedding and wallpaper helped lift her spirits during her cancer treatments.
When Mary was just 7 years old, she was diagnosed with leukemia. She underwent five rounds of chemotherapy at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). During her time at CHOP, Mary learned that she qualified to have a wish granted from Make-A-Wish®. When thinking about her one true wish, Mary decided that she wanted to work with the artists and graphic designers at Lilly Pulitzer to create her own original print. To top it all off, Mary requested that her print be sold with the proceeds benefitting pediatric cancer research at CHOP.
“I wanted to help support the kids at CHOP and to help cancer research so if kids get sick with cancer like me they won’t have to go through it like I have,” Mary shared.
The team at Lilly Pulitzer was thrilled to partner with Make-A-Wish Philadelphia, Delaware & Susquehanna Valley to grant Mary’s wish. They planned a fun-filled day for Mary. She was picked up from her home in the brand’s famous Lilly Pulitzer jeep - a moment she described as one of her favorite parts of the day – and was then greeted at the Lilly Pulitzer headquarters in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania with pink doughnuts before getting a behind-the-scenes tour. Most importantly, she was able to create her custom print with the brand’s designers called “Magical Mary”.
The “Magical Mary” print includes many of Mary’s favorite things, including unicorns, daffodils and, of course, the color pink. A special surprise weaved throughout are the words “Mary’s Wish by Lilly Pulitzer”. Lilly’s team created three products with Mary’s design: a popover, hat & print.
Mary’s products were officially launched on April 27, 2019 at the Lilly Pulitzer store in the King of Prussia Mall. People traveled from near and far to support Mary (plus make sure that they got their hands on one of Mary’s designs before they sold out!). The store was absolutely packed, and Mary felt like a true celebrity.
Mary is now officially in remission but continues to get maintenance chemotherapy through daily medication and a monthly IV. Her mother shared, “She was looking forward to her wish for months ahead of time. During some really challenging times of her treatment, her wish distracted her and it was exactly what she needed.”
Mary’s wish touched and transformed so many lives. Her generosity and loving spirit are surely things to be admired. Thank you, Mary, for gifting your wish to help other local children with critical illnesses!