Melissa faced complications from her heart condition from the moment she was born. Before receiving a heart transplant at the age of 18, Melissa underwent three open heart surgeries, multiple procedures, and other life-threatening prognoses that kept her away from school and her friends.
When it came time to make her wish, Melissa imagined an evening of glamour and fun! She declared her wish to ride in a limo to her very own masquerade ball. As luck would have it, her wish coincided with the 30th anniversary of Make-A-Wish® Utah. Naturally, a party was in order.
Prior to her big day, Melissa was given dance lessons and shopping trips to find the perfect dress. On the big night, Melissa was treated to a day of pampering before making a debutant-style entrance and dancing the night away with over 3,000 members of the community. Her triumph over illness gave everyone cause to celebrate!