A San Francisco teen who is battling several life-threatening illnesses had a big wish granted Sunday when she got a bedroom makeover.
While 18-year-old Elizabeth Trejos and her mother were out to lunch, volunteers with the Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation painted her room and furnished it with a new bed, bedding, curtains, bedside table, dresser and flat-screen TV.
The makeover was done in Trejos’ favorite colors, purple and pink.
Employees from United Healthcare provided several enhancements to the wish and helped set up the ailing teen’s new bedroom. Powell Furniture donated the bedroom furnishings.
Trejos was diagnosed with lymphoma a few years ago and has had cancerous cell growth in her body since she was a baby, Make-A-Wish Foundation spokeswoman Elaine Kauffman said.
Trejos’ immune system is too weak to allow her to attend school and she has lost some of her hearing and eyesight, Kauffman said.
She has limited communication abilities, but she greeted her wish grantors with a huge grin when they asked her what she wished for and was able to let them know she wanted a bedroom makeover, Kauffman said.
The makeover included a bed with rails to allow Trejos to sleep comfortably and safely, Kauffman said.
The Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation has been granting wishes to children with life-threatening conditions to enrich their lives with hope, strength and joy for the past 25 years. It granted 27 wishes in its first year of operation in 1984 and now grants 300 wishes a year.
The Foundation recently granted its 5,000th wish. For more information call (415) 982-9474 or visit www.makewish.org.