I think by this point everyone knows how much I love the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Call me and old softie, but I think there is something really beautiful about giving a suffering child a chance to have one of their biggest wishes come true; and that is exactly what they did for 11-year-old Annie Lown, from upstate New York, when they granted her a fairytale moment.
Annie’s wish was to “dance with a prince” at a real ball, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation certainly delivered. Earlier this month Annie was given the opportunity to dance with real live Italian prince Lorenzo Borghese at a Grand Royal Ball held especially for her at Greystone Castle in Canastota, New York. According to Borghese:
“Your wish was very interesting, Annie, because you didn’t wish to be a princess. You wished to dance with a prince, meaning you already know you’re a princess.”
How sweet is that? More than 100 people were invited to attend the ball, and hundreds more welcomed Annie with sparklers outside the event, as she arrived in a white limo. Judy Lown, Annie’s grandma, said the even was very touching and surreal (in the best possible way). Annie has battled cystic fibrosis and autism for her entire life, but her family says that hasn’t stopped her from becoming an outgoing, happy little girl. Damn you, onion cutting ninjas!
On top of the prince, the ball and the fact that this was all held on her birthday, Annie was also given the key to the city of Canastota by Mayor Carla DeShaw outside of the castle. All in all this was a beautiful story that definitely warmed my heart today.