Make-A-Wish grants 11-year-old Kayla a day of shopping

MAYFIELD HEIGHTS,Ohio - Bob Hoover sat next to his daughter Kayla at Beachwood's Olive Garden. For Kayla, a lunchtime meal at Olive Garden was a simple wish, one that Friday was the just one of many granted by a dedicated foundation, Make-A-Wish.

Kayla's mom, Jennifer Radicella, said Kayla deserves this day, "she's such a sweet girl."

The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants wishes to children age 2 to 18 fighting serious medical conditions. They've been making a difference to children and their families for over 30 years.

You wouldn't know that Kayla has been battling a brain tumor if you saw her in action Friday. Her day started at a Mayfield Heights salon, Michael Christopher, where she was treated to freshly painted nails and hair styling.

But, it was the treat of the day that came after the Olive Garden visit: A scavenger hunt for clues to gifts hidden throughout the Target department store in Mayfield Heights.

"Just seeing her so excited, and then you get excited and everything. Everyone that has made donations and everything else, we can't thank you enough," said Bob Hoover.

"Without the community and everyone else's contribution to Make-A-Wish, there really is no Make-A-Wish," said Jacqui Bongiovanni, a Make-A-Wish volunteer.

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