Alyson woke up early Saturday morning and put on a Rapunzel dress, matching gloves, jewelry, and tiara — the perfect outfit to wear while having her wish granted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Joined by her family, Alyson hopped into a limousine and headed toward Target for a shopping spree. When she arrived at the store, a red carpet was rolled out.
Employees and shoppers applauded the princess as Alyson walked through the red doors.
The 6-year-old was diagnosed with Wilms tumor, a rare form of kidney cancer that affects children, in December 2022 after doctors found a one-foot mass on her left kidney.
Since then, she has received treatment through chemotherapy.
“She is already doing better,” Audrey, Alyson’s mother, said, watching her daughter as she picked up a basket, ready to shop. “It has been overwhelming. But [as a family], we are managing.”
Her daughter immediately began making her way through the store — there were a few items Alyson knew she wanted, including a makeup kit and art supplies.
However, the first item she picked out was a pair of rainbow rain boots.
It wasn’t soon after that Alyson began moving quickly throughout the rest of the aisles, grabbing pink, purple, and rainbow slime, a Lilo and Stich-themed plushie, one or two dolls, and a Rainbow High Dollhouse. She found the art set she was looking for and a makeup kit for beginners.
Alyson picked out a few shirts, shorts, shoes, socks, a swimsuit top, and cloud-shaped sunglasses; she even picked out another princess dress.
While shopping, a young girl, her younger brother, and her mother walked by Alyson. The young girl stopped and said, “Mom, look, Rapunzel is here! She is so beautiful.”
The two waved to one another before the group made their way to the front of the store. A few hours had passed, and Alyson had racked up a few baskets full of handpicked items.
The family stood before their haul for photos before sharing an embrace.
Audrey jokingly said she worried they wouldn’t have room for it all.
Alyson said her favorite item was the dollhouse, then she said it was the Disney plushie. She ultimately landed on three or four items that she loved and loved.
Some of the items Alyson will enjoy right away, while others will be perfect for when she returns to school next year. When asked if she was excited for school to start in the Fall, Alyson smiled and said, “Yes.”