Wish comes true for Crisp

Published 10:13 am Tuesday, March 19, 2013

SIZING IT UP: Ashley Crisp (right) takes a close look at jewelry during her shopping spree Saturday in Raleigh.

SIZING IT UP: Ashley Crisp (right) takes a close look at jewelry during her shopping spree Saturday in Raleigh.

“It was the best day of my life,” said Ashley Crisp about her shopping spree Saturday.
Crisp, 20, has chronic myeloid leukemia. The Beaufort County resident was treated to a shopping spree in Raleigh by Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina, with assistance from Jewelers for Children. The shopping spree included a private “wish party” at Bailey’s Fine Jewelry’s Crabtree Valley store. The store gave Crisp a $500 gift card to use.
“I bought a ring and some earrings,” Crisp said Monday.
Crisp bought at David Yurman two-tone heart cable ring and a pair of Michael Kors stud sterling silver earrings.
She also bought items from Bed, Bath and Beyond and clothes. She did not spend all the money given to her in Raleigh. Some of it came home with her.
“They’re awesome,” Crisp said of Make-A-Wish. “Anyone with a chronic illness should see what they have to offer.”
Crisp said it took her and Make-A-Wish about two years to bring about Saturday’s shopping spree. Crisp said an aunt told her about Make-A-Wish and they contacted the organization. Crisp said she and Make-A-Wish lost contact with each other for a period of time, but they reconnected. Once she decided on her wish, Crisp, said Make-A-Wish set up the shopping spree.
Crisp said she thoroughly enjoyed the shopping spree and is grateful to Make-A-Wish and others who helped arrange it.
“We are so blessed to be involved in granting Ashley’s wish,” said Clyde Bailey, president of Bailey’s Fine Jewelry. “While a piece of jewelry may seem like such a small thing, we’ve seen the joy it can bring to people and we can’t wait to see that with Ashley.”
Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina grants wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Founded in 1986, the chapter serves all medically eligible children in the 49 counties east of the Orange County/Alamance County line. The chapter has granted more than 2,600 wishes since its inception.
For more information about the chapter, visit its website at www.eastnc.wish.org.

About Mike Voss

Mike Voss is the contributing editor at the Washington Daily News. He has a daughter and four grandchildren. Except for nearly six years he worked at the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., in the early to mid-1990s, he has been at the Daily News since April 1986.
Journalism awards:
• Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service, 1990.
• Society of Professional Journalists: Sigma Delta Chi Award, Bronze Medallion.
• Associated Press Managing Editors’ Public Service Award.
• Investigative Reporters & Editors’ Award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Public Service Award, 1989.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Investigative Reporting, 1990.
All those were for the articles he and Betty Gray wrote about the city’s contaminated water system in 1989-1990.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Investigative Reporting, 1991.
• North Carolina Press Association, Third Place, General News Reporting, 2005.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Lighter Columns, 2006.
Recently learned he will receive another award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Lighter Columns, 2010.
4. Lectured at or served on seminar panels at journalism schools at UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Maryland, Columbia University, Mary Washington University and Francis Marion University.

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