The tiny ballerina happily dances away wearing a pink tutu and delicate new ballet slippers. Three-year-old Cassandra enjoys her ballerina bliss pointing her toes among other dancers dressed in flowing blue tulles. She’s a world away from the fears and pains of her leukemia.
Make-A-Wish® North Texas arranges a glamorous day of dance for this young girl as she struggles to keep her poise during her treatments for her critical illness.
Finally, it’s the morning of her wish and Cassandra follows a red carpet to a limousine with her family. They stop at Merle Norman Cosmetics where Cassandra squirms excitedly as a make-up artist applies eye shadow, blush and lipstick.
Now it’s jewelry. Cassandra selects a glittering golden necklace and a ballet slipper charm.
A costume fitting then completes Cassandra’s prima ballerina look and the family sets off to Longview Ballet Theatre for her debut.
A group of dancers, dressed like Cassandra’s Barbie dolls, from the Longview Ballet junior are excited to share the power of a wish® as they prepare to dance alongside Cassandra.
This young wish kid’s eyes sparkle when she enters the dance studio and begins twirling around the room with all the dancers. Her eminent joy brings tears to the audience because they know this is the spectacular experience Cassandra deserves.
Cassandra bows to heartfelt applause accepting a bouquet, even though she doesn’t want to leave all her new friends.
Her wish experience is an unforgettable moment for her family as they are able to simply enjoy Cassandra’s beautiful dancing spirit. It not only touches their lives though, it impacts the lives of volunteers and businesses involved.
After Cassandra says goodbye, Pat George Mitchell – dance studio owner – tells a reporter from the Longview News-Journal, “This has been the most meaningful experience of my career.”
All photos provided by: www.photographybybarnett.com, Longview, TX