Make-a-Wish aims to raise funds with musical gala, auction

Courtesy photo Anastacia Chavez hugs her iCarly pillows in her new iCarly bedroom last year when Make-A-Wish granted that wish. She suffered from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma for two years.

Liliana Castillo

Jennifer Chavez still tears up when she talks about seeing her daughter smile after fighting Hodgkins lymphoma for two years.

Chavez’s daughter, 8-year-old Anastacia Chavez, was diagnosed at age 5, underwent chemotherapy and suffered brain damage.

After recovering a bit, she had a wish granted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. She wanted an iCarly room and she got one.

Make-A-Wish is a non-profit that grants wishes to children who have life threatening diseases.

Her new room included an iCarly-themed bedding set, new furniture, toys and a karaoke machine.

“It was cool. I liked everything,” said Anastacia.

Her mother said Anastacia had to relearn to use the left side of her body, including learning to walk.

“It was good just to see your kid smile after something like that,” Jennifer Chavez said. “It was good to give her something.”

Anastacia’s cancer has been in remission for a year and a half and she is back in school at Sandia Elementary School.

Hazel Richter, a wish-granter and fundraiser for Roosevelt, Curry and DeBaca counties, said Chavez was one of four area children who were granted wishes last year at approximately $9,000 a wish.

The non-profit granted 111 wishes last year in New Mexico.

Make-A-Wish is gearing up for its first large fundraiser in the area. An auction will be held 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, with a free musical gala