One of our 6th graders, Makena, has cystic fibrosis. Cystic Fibrosis is a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time. Makena is doing very well, but because her illness is chronic, she has qualified for a “wish” from the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
SJA wanted to celebrate Makena’s courage and perseverance with an all-school luau. For the luau, students got an out of uniform day for $1.00 and they generated over $170.00 that is being donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Makena’s name.
Principal, Sister Elizabeth Ann said it best about Makena:
“We are gathered together to celebrate Makena and wish her and her family a safe and enjoyable trip to Makena, Hawaii. The site of her parent’s wedding. Thank you to the Make a Wish foundation is sponsoring the trip.
I’ve known Makena since she started school at SJA. She has turned into a remarkable young lady. She is kind, compassionate, loves her friends, loves her family and loves God. The most remarkable thing about her is her courage and her perseverance. You would never know that Makena has an illness that impacts every aspect of her life. In spite of all the hardships she faces daily, Makena has not let that define who she is as a person. She does not make excuses or blame the illness for anything. She is like an Olympic athlete who never lets hardship or difficulties hold her back. Instead, she acknowledges the hardships and then overcomes them with her enthusiasm for life.
Makena, Thank you for inspiring us and know that we are praying for you and fighting with you.”