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Teen's Make-A-Wish Shopping Spree Shared with Family and Friends

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A Steuben County teenager's wish came true Friday on what's known as "National Believe Day". Our Wendy Mills has more on the story.


STEUBEN COUNTY, N.Y. -- A limo ride, a red carpet, firefighters and a welcome full of cheers was not what Courtney, 15, from Painted Post was expecting. Her mom told her she was going shopping thanks to Make-A-Wish. She had no idea that Macy's, at Martketplace Mall, wanted to help make this day unforgettable.

"This is definitely exciting," said Courtney. "It put a smile on my face."

Courtney says she doesn't get out much. She has a rare immunodeficiency disorder. Make-A-Wish wanted her to set that aside for the day to spoil herself at Macy's. Make-A-Wish in Western New York grants some 60 wishes a year for children with life-threatening medical conditions.

"Each wish is so unique, but what I am amazed at, is the selflessness of children, and they continue to think beyond just themselves," said Mary Jones, Regional Director for Make-A-Wish WNY.

Courtney picked out a new bedding set for her, but then went in search of gifts for family and friends.

"One of my first choices was to give to those who have already given to me," said Courtney. "I like seeing people smile and be in a good mood and, to know that I was able to do that, it really makes me smile and feel a lot happier."

For someone who has needed to rely on others, it means the world to be able to return the favor in some way.

"What I really hope to remember it by is all the smiles and all the love and support and knowing that I managed this."

Macy's donates $1 to Make-A-Wish for every letter mailed at Macy's red Santa mailboxes located at every Macy's. The goal is to raise more than $1 million.

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