How One Teen Doesn’t Let Cystic Fibrosis Stop Her Creativity

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You’re used to seeing Santa at his workshop, at the mall, under your tree—but at an art exhibit? Well, for one Alaska teen living with cystic fibrosis (CF) that became a reality this summer, as described in an article by the Daily News-Miner.

The visit was all part of a Make-A-Wish function honoring Isabell Brown. Ol’ Saint Nick bought a handcrafted piece from the 14-year-old at the fundraiser—it featured a picturesque mountain scene overlooking a shimmering lake.

Make-A-Wish and Jewelers for Children joined forces to make this happen for Isabell, who was diagnosed with CF at three months. Fred Meyer’s Jewelers was host for the event.

While Isabell was there, employees allowed her to design her very own bracelet to take home. Before the event was over, she was surprised with an additional bracelet to match. And if that wasn’t enough, the jewelers generously gifted Isabell a diamond necklace and jewelry box—a precious jewel for a precious jewel.

But it didn’t stop at the art show and presents. At home, Isabell’s paintings have overtaken the family garage. So on top of the jewelry, gifts and exhibit, Make-A-Wish will give Isabell a custom art studio room at her house. Now, that’s an artist’s dream!

Click here to see pictures of Isabell and her work or to learn how to help a child’s wish come true!


To find out more about CF, check out our partners CysticLife and Strawfie Challenge.

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