Jade Lopez,  9, a Make-A-Wish recipient, strolls down the aisles of Macy’s with  her sister, Rubi Lopez, left, and Santa and Mrs. Claus before the Oakland Fireworks Spectacular Nov. 1 to launch the Believe campaign to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Jade Lopez, 9, a Make-A-Wish recipient, strolls down the aisles of Macy’s with her sister, Rubi Lopez, left, and Santa and Mrs. Claus before the Oakland Fireworks Spectacular Nov. 1 to launch the Believe campaign to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Photo by Donna Agusti


Macy’s blasts into Christmas with fireworks and a wish come true

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published November 5, 2019

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TROY — Jade Lopez, 9, of Lake Orion, couldn’t think of anything to ask of Santa when she sat down to write a letter to the jolly old elf at the Oakland Mall Macy’s Nov. 1.

Jade’s sister, Rubi Lopez, 21, explained that Jade lives with a genetic disorder that causes her liver to produce too much cholesterol.

Jade travels to C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor twice a month to have her blood cleaned. She was referred to the Make-A-Wish Foundation last year and received her wish for a white, fluffy puppy she named Sky after the dog on her favorite TV show, “Paw Patrol.”

Jade said she plays ball and cuddles with Sky on the couch. Rubi said Jade tells the dog to “be brave,” like she is for her doctor’s appointments, when the dog has a vet appointment.

Rubi said her sister asked for a dog because she is the youngest sibling, and her older siblings are often away from home. “We work a lot,” Rubi said. “She wanted to be with someone.

“She didn’t want to ask Santa for anything, since she has Sky,” Rubi said. “So I said she could write a thank-you letter.”

Letters to Santa may be dropped off at Macy’s stores or submitted at macys.com/believe.

Lopez visited with Santa and Mrs. Claus and rode in their sleigh with them during a Nov. 1 parade to kick off the holiday season.

Christy Hammond Schulte, of Make-A-Wish Michigan, explained that through Dec. 24, people can bring stamped letters to Santa to their local Macy’s. For every letter received, Macy’s will donate $1, up to $1 million, to help the Make-A-Wish Foundation grant wishes for children ages 2 1/2 to 18 who have critical illnesses.

Since 2003, Macy’s has donated more than $122 million to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, including more than $19 million through the annual Believe campaign, helping grant more than 14,500 wishes and impacting more than 2.9 million people, including wish kids and their families, volunteers, community groups, nurses, doctors and more, according to a press release.

Hammond Schulte said that in the 2018 fiscal year, Make-A-Wish Michigan granted 416 wishes.

For more information, visit michigan.wish.org or call (800) 622-9474.

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