Wednesday, December 1, 2010

~Little Grand Marshal~

When Cami went to Make-A-Wish to make her official wish, she told her wish granters that ONE of her wishes was to be in a more about Cami making her wish here.  After talking with her wish granters and going over the three wishes she made, we decided that a trip to Disney World would be best for Cami.  Make-A-Wish has to get permission from Cami's Doctors and her Doc's wont give approval until she reaches maintenance.  SO we tentatively planned our vacation to Disney World in February (about the time she will be in maintenance) and put her other wishes in the back of our minds.  WELL... about 3 weeks ago I got a phone call telling me that each year Make-A-Wish is asked to select a child to be the grand marshal of the Ogden city Christmas parade.  This gave her wish granters the perfect opportunity to make another of her wishes to come true!  Let me just tell you... Cami was beyond excited!

Ogden city treated Cami like royalty.  They asked her if she'd like to ride in a float, on a horse, in a carriage, or on a motorcycle.  She wanted the carriage (surprise, surprise).  A few days prior to the parade Dillards gave her a shopping spree to pick out everything she needed to be "fancy" in the parade.  She came home with 2 new coats, a dress, a hat, gloves, a scarf, new boots, and 2 new purses (because every girl needs a casual purse and a dressy purse.. right?).  After her shopping spree, she was pampered with a manicure and pedicure and her little bald head was sprayed with pink glitter (in lieu of an up-do).  I am telling you this girl was spoiled and she deserved every minute of it!  I cant even type this without tears streaming down my face, but I am so extremely grateful to Make-A-Wish, Ogden city, Dillards, and Shannon (the hair dresser) for giving Cami this special gift.  This parade couldn't have come at a better time, Cami is undergoing her harshest round of chemo right now and has just been sort of blah latley.  This parade gave her just the boost she needed and we got to see the sparkle in her eyes come back again.  Thank you to everyone involved in making this such a wonderful night for our family, and most importantly for Cami.  

Here is miss Cami trying on her different outfit choices

Cami and "Princess Stephanie" her personal shopper from Dillards

getting pampered is a MUST after all that shopping...
-Thanks Shannon!

As the Grand Marshal, Cami rode at the beginning of the parade.  After the parade they have a ceremony to light the lights in the Christmas village and officially welcome Christmas.  It is ADORABLE!  Cami got to go up on stage with Santa and flip the switch to light up the entire city.  She was very excited about her big job, but I dont know if she was more excited to flip the switch or to get such special attention from Santa.

This is the list she made for Santa...

They asked us if we wanted a parent to ride with her, but Cami refused.  She said princesses ride by themselves.  Pat walked next to the carriage, just in case those steroids kicked in.

Ready to go.

We will be making the trip up to Ogden each year from now on to attend this parade.
It was SO cute and the kids LOVED the lights!

Here's Cam and Santa waiting back stage for their big ceremony.

Here they are flipping the switch.

Ogden city brought out two HUGE gift baskets for Cami.  Did I mention these people know how to SPOIL a girl?!?  Boy did they make her happy!

Here's a little video of her in the carriage.

Here she is at the ceremony.  Sorry, I know its long.

Cami was out before the night was over.  

Thank you Ogden city for giving her so many sweet memories to dream about!

Cami even made it into the newspaper!  Check it out here.  


  1. I couldn't help but get weepy while reading this... so happy for your happiness! Praying for a lot more happy days to come :)

  2. Wow. Brought tears to my eyes. YOu have such a special little girl. So glad a dream could come true for her!

  3. Chelsea that is SO wonderful! I cried while reading this - Cami so deserved it and it's wonderful to see all the good that people do for our kids. Cami's eyes are all sparkly and she looks very excited - it sounds like it was a superb experience. She looks adorable all bundled up in her fancy new clothes! :)

  4. that is so sweet! i loved watching the videos. thanks for being so great about posting!

  5. um. i cried. how awesome Make A Wish! She looked so happy! What a special day for Cami!

  6. She is so cute!!! What a beautiful experience. I'm sure she'll have those memories etched in her mind FOREVER!

  7. Oh my gosh! She looks so adorable! What a little princess & what a special day & night! Just amazing!!

  8. This one made me cry!!! She is Beautiful!!!!!!
    What a great night to remember.

  9. Dennis and I are so happy that we got to see you in the parade Cami...What a beautiful princess you are! You looked sooooo pretty riding in your royal carriage. What a special night for a very very special little girl....We LOVE you!

    Dennis and Debbie : )

  10. Oh man, this made me cry. Actually I was already crying because I just read Shawni's latest post about Lucy called Miracle. If you want to take a peek, go to It will make you cry too! What these little ones have to go through is heartbreaking and heartwarming all at once!

    Love you guys!

  11. I fall more and more in love with her every day!

  12. Brought tears to my eyes, ecspecially seeing parade royalty Camryn Carver. What a sweet fun time for you all. I tried calling you the other day to see if we could stop by. Our activty day girls have a gift for Cami. I will try calling again today.

  13. Cami, you are a real Princess and ROYAL in every way!
    Merry Christmas, Sweetie. In our prayers.

  14. I found your blog on Skyler's blog. I have been reading it for quite a while. My nephew was able to do Make-a-wish last year, he also went to Disney World. They loved it. Make-a-Wish is great! our family loves it! Looking through your posts, it's amazing what cancer does. My cousins little girl was diagnosed with ALL in May. Her name is Daphne. She hasn't had much complications (lucky her). Dani is a sister in law to my cousin (on the other side of the family), so I've also been following Chase. I will now continue to follow Cami.

  15. How cool is this! I love Make a Wish! Your cami is such a cutie. She seems so outgoing and full of life. What a fun day for her and you...its always nice to see that sparkle come back for a little while!

  16. Why am I crying??? That is the most precious thing EVER!!! How fun is that to see her so happy and special! She deserves every minute of that attention that she got. She really is a queen!

  17. Huge "awwwwwwww" and tears with this one! Beautiful....just beautiful!


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