FAIRFIELD — A Bay Area boy got his wish Saturday, to shop in style at Solano County’s top stores.
The Greater Bay Area chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation treated 14-year-old Keane Dailey, of Pittsburg, to an all-day shopping spree at the Vacaville Premium Outlets and Solano Town Center mall.
After arriving at the outlets in a limousine, Dailey walked the red carpet to kick off a lengthy shopping trip that featured stores such as True Religion, Nike, the Levi’s Outlet Store and the Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Outlet.
“He had a blast,” said Keane’s mother, Chelsea Dailey, who referred him to Make-A-Wish in January.
Keane has sickle cell disease and receives treatments at the Children’s Hospital in Oakland. His wish provided the chance to focus on something else.
“It brings joy and a really positive event into their lives,” said volunteer wish granter Jan Hammond. ”. . . They don’t have to think about being sick – about going to the doctors.”
Offering VIP treatment, staff at Sprint surprised Keane with a new iPhone 5, Hammond said.
He “really lit up,” said Chelsea Dailey.
At Red Robin in Vacaville, staff members gave Keane a basketball hoop and basketball and also displayed a LeBron James jersey in a section reserved just for him, Hammond said.
Keane, a basketball fan, had originally wished to meet the NBA player but said he changed his mind because he would have had to wait a while. So he shopped instead.
Hammond, who helped coordinate the event, was impressed with the generosity of the vendors.
“At Levi’s, the whole staff was there showing him clothes, and they had a little VIP area,” Hammond said.
“I don’t think (Keane) realized he was going to be that big of a deal,” said Hammond. “It’s nice to be the big deal.”
The day’s itinerary also included trips to Timberland and Burberry and concluded at Champs in the Solano mall.
“We had 15 minutes left and $600 to spend,” Hammond said.
“It was amazing how fast he ran through (Champs) and how many people were helping him,” she said.
After the sleepy limo ride home, Keane worked on hanging up his new clothes, according to his mother.
“It went good,” said the young star over the telephone.
To fund the shopping spree, Make-A-Wish provided $2,800, which included $100 for a “feast” at Red Robin, said program associate Teresa Clovicko, of Make-A-Wish – Greater Bay Area.
Covering 17 counties, the Greater Bay Area chapter has granted more than 6,000 wishes since 1984, according to its website. The nonprofit organization granted 331 wishes to children and teens with life-threatening illnesses in 2012 and predicted 727 people will qualify this year.
To refer a child between the ages 2½ to 17, call Make-A-Wish – Greater Bay Area at 415-982-9474 or visit SF.wish.org.
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