Make-A-Wish sends Fresno teen, now in remission, to NYC

FRESNO, Calif. - A very special Fresno teen is getting her dream come true. She's fighting a rare form of cancer, but the Make-A-Wish foundation is helping her forget that, in an unforgettable way.

Make-A-Wish does it's best to grant any wish anywhere in the world and for Jazlean Vega, 14, it's bright lights, in the big city. 

Folks were in a New York State of mind as they greeted Vega and her family.

Vega's wish was revealed, a trip to New York City, in a scavenger hunt at Macy's in Riverpark.
It featured everything from show tunes, to a photo booth with the Statue of Liberty.

"It's exciting and fun to have everyone here and my family and get presents," Jazlean Vega, Make-A-Wish recipient, said. 

Vega has had few exciting days since she was diagnosed with a rare muscle cancer, nearly two years ago. But today, she's in remission. 

"I just had surgery on Monday to get my mediport taken out," Vega said.

It's been Vega's wish to visit the big apple, since her uncle died.

"My uncle wanted to go but never got the chance, so I wanted to go," Vega said.

So, with the help of the Make-A-Wish foundation, she'll get to experience all that New York has to offer. 

"Jazlean has eight places that she wants to go, we have Central Park, Time Square, Empire State Building," Cortney Snapp, community director,Make-A-Wish Central Valley, said.

The Make-A-Wish Central Valley chapter said someone close often nominates a kid who may be facing a life threatening illness. The chapter grants more than a hundred wishes a year.

"The misconception is that this is their last wish and that's not the case at all, these kids like Jazlean are going through a tough time," Snapp said.

All the money comes from donations, fundraiser and through the help of kids during Christmas. 

Macy's said helping to make a wish come true is simple as writing a letter to Santa Claus.

For every letter, Macy's donates one dollar, up to a million dollars, that goes towards helping kids, like Vega. 

So, Vega did her part to help out as well by writing a letter.

Vega walked every New York themed minute with her family and mother, by her side. 

"It's a true blessing and a gift something we're going to forever remember, especially her," Alanna Vega, Jazlean's mother, said.

Make-A-Wish said Vega's New York trip will happen sometime in the spring with her family, after her doctors give her the all clear. 


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