1 Wish Down, 1 to Go

Beatrice, 14, needs a new kidney

By BJ Lutz and Alex Perez
|  Tuesday, Dec 1, 2009  |  Updated 1:45 PM CDT
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A teenage girl with a life-threatening kidney condition got a surprise Monday that will certainly make her holiday season a little brighter.
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A teenage girl with a life-threatening kidney condition got a surprise Monday that will certainly make her holiday season a little brighter.

While most kids this time of year are making wish lists for Santa Claus, 14-year-old Beatrice is hoping for a new kidney.

Helping her forget about that -- if only for a day -- was the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Macy's Grant Child's Wish team, which treated young Beatrice to a day-long shopping spree.

She was greeted like a rock star and could barely contain her emotions when she arrived at Macy's Monday morning to learn that her wish had become a reality.

The Lakeview High School freshman stopped at the Mac makeup counter for a mini-makeover and hit the upper floors for a new wardrobe. And just like a celebrity, she even found her own name on the dressing room door.

Of course, her real wish is a new kidney. Diagnosed three years ago, Beatrice suffers from end stage renal disease, a kidney condition that requires dialysis three days each week.

She's now on a donor waiting list and hopes to one day fulfill her other dream of becoming a police officer.

"I like to protect people," she said.

Make-A-Wish covered the cost of her entire shopping spree.

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