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Tarrytown’s Make-A-Wish Grants Teen’s Dream Of Being A Pop Star

Olivia, of Sullivan County, will live her dream of being a pop star in New York City as part of Macy's National Believe Day.
Olivia, of Sullivan County, will live her dream of being a pop star in New York City as part of Macy's National Believe Day. Photo Credit: Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley Facebook account

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. – Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley will turn a 13-year-old girl into a pop star when she takes center stage at Macy's flagship store in Manhattan on Dec. 12 to promote her new album.

Olivia, who faces recurrent brain cancer, loves to sing and dance. In November, the Sullivan County teenager traveled to New York City, where she cut her first CD and was professionally photographed for its album cover. She will sign copies during its Dec. 12 debut as part of Macy’s National Believe Day.

“Throughout this experience, Olivia has had the thrill of her life come true,” said her mother, Mary. “She is so excited about what will happen on December 12 when she takes center stage in front of Macy’s large Believe Box. Her family and friends will be there to cheer her on and to join in this incredible day of sharing stories like hers that will help grant wishes for other children across the nation.” Macy’s annual Believe campaign benefiting Make-A-Wish raises money to help grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions across the country. Residents are invited to drop off letters stamped and addressed to Santa at the North Pole at the special Santa Mail letterbox at any Macy’s store. Letters also can be posted online at macys.com/believe . For each letter received, Macy’s will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish up to a maximum of $1 million. Olivia’s celebration is one of 50 wishes that will be granted on National Believe Day and featured on MacysBelieveTogether.com . The site will share social media posts surrounding each wish. Check out #OliviaNY on the site to follow Olivia’s pop star adventures. “We again express gratitude to Macy’s for its support in raising money for our very worthy cause,” said Thomas Conklin, president of Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley. “We are working on 161 pending wishes. As the average cost of each wish ranges between $7,500 and $10,000, Macy’s Believe campaign will no doubt help us again bring hope, strength, and joy to youngsters like Olivia.”

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