A young girl's life changed forever when she was diagnosed with an enlarged heart and needed a transplant to survive. She got her new heart and, with a mere wish, she has now touched the hearts of an entire town in Haiti.
Allison Christensen, 14, said she felt overwhelmed with attention when she was contacted by the Make A Wish Foundation and asked to pick a wish. But Allison is no stranger to getting attention.
You may remember when the then 11-year-old captured the heart of Russell Wilson in 2013. She was at Seattle Children's Hospital waiting for a new heart of her own. To pass the time, she made wallets out of duct tape, and when Wilson stopped by for one of his regular visits, she presented him with a custom-made Seahawks wallet. He showed off his new wallet during a press conference, and Allison made national news and featured on ESPN.
Three years later, Allison is still giving. She was the recipient of a special wish from the Make A Wish Foundation. Allison's wish? Not Disneyland or a trip to Hawaii. Her dream was to give back to kids less fortunate than her.
As a young child, Allison spent time in the Philippines with her mother and was upset seeing so many kids without clothes or shoes. That's where she came up with the idea of using her wish to donate shoes to children in need.
Allison and Make A Wish contacted Tom's shoes to help make the wish a reality.
Tom's shoes already donates one pair of shoes for every purchased pair.
But for Allison's wish, Tom's provided not only shoes but running water for an entire school who hadn't had access to clean water since a devastating earthquake several years ago.
Tom's and Make A Wish also flew Allison and her family to Los Angeles to visit Tom's headquarters where she got to pick out as many shoes as she wanted.
Allison admits she was overwhelmed by the impact of her wish.
“It’s like I had all the power in my hands and I didn't know how to use it. I came up with giving shoes, specifically to people in Haiti, because I could not think of anything else and I love shoes and I have enough shoes.”
Allison is doing very well in her recovery. She still takes several medications and has regular checkups but is happy, healthy, and on her school's co-ed wrestling team.