Ask anyone and they’ll tell you: Ten-year-old Maddie from Hugo, Minnesota, is an amazing kid. She’s been bravely battling a brain tumor with family and friends by her side. And recently, she made a wish though Make-A-Wish Minnesota, and used the moment to bring smiles to other kids living with illnesses.
“I decided to use my wish to buy gifts for kids in the hospital,” Maddie says. “I know what it’s like to have to stay at the hospital for a long time, and getting a special gift or toy can really brighten your day and make the stay a little easier. Plus, it’s always fun to know that someone cares about you and is thinking of you when you’re going through something difficult.”
In February, Maddie brought a group of family and friends—including partners from Make-A-Wish—to her local Target store in Lino Lakes, Minnesota, to pick out the gifts to donate. The store team met them at the door and threw them a shopping party, complete with colorful decorations, treats and goodies for Maddie and her sister, Meredith, and brother, Mikey. There was even an appearance from Target mascot Bullseye the dog, who wouldn’t miss an event like this for the world!“It was such an honor to be part of Maddie’s day. When our team heard about what she wanted to do, we were all so excited to pitch in and help make it extra special for her and the family,” says Store Director Jennifer Bossenbroek. “Watching Maddie use her wish to