Girls with terminal illnesses enjoy spa day

Wish Upon A Teen hosts first-ever Michigan Spa Day in Novi

By Shawn Verbruggen , Sandra Ali - Anchor/Reporter

NOVI, Mich. - Being a teenager is tough enough, but when you're faced with a terminal illness life can get a little more complicated.  Some local teens had the chance to forget about all of that for a while and enjoy some pampering compliments of the Wish Upon A Teen organization.

A dozen girls came together Sunday at One Salon in Novi for Wish Upon A Teen's first-ever Michigan Spa Day.  They enjoyed a special day of manicures, pedicures, makeovers and lunch.  It's all part of Wish Upon A Teen's mission to make life a little better for teens going through tough times and battling life-threatening illnesses.  Wish Upon A Teen's president and founder, Michelle Soto, says the purpose of the Spa Day was to give these girls a chance to do some of the little things they otherwise wouldn't be able to do.

"These girls can't go to the mall, and hang out with their girlfriends, and go get a manicure or go shopping. So, we try to provide that in a safe environment for them," says Soto.

About Wish Upon A Teen

Wish Upon a Teen aims to make a difference in the lives of these challenged teens one life at a time. Its mission is to provide resources, time, and opportunities to teenagers dealing with Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or recovering from injury or chronic illness. Through creative and interactive social and educational events, these teens will rediscover and rebuild their self-esteem as they continue their journey to adulthood.  Wish Upon A Teen has locations in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., as well as a home base in Detroit.

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