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Sharlin becomes a princess at her Quinceañera

  • Sharlin poses for a photo with her parents.

  • Sharlin shares a special dance with her father.

  • Sharlin's wish to have a Quinceañera

  • Sharlin's arrives to her party in a horse-drawn carriage.

Like many young Latina girls, Sharlin had often dreamed of celebrating her 15th birthday with family and friends...

Goya Gives

Being diagnosed with a critical illness often forces a family to face fear and many unknowns. For Sharlin and her family, this is their daily reality.

Like many young Latina girls, Sharlin had often dreamed of celebrating her 15th birthday with family and friends—a celebration not only of a momentous landmark in her life but how much she has overcome, this would be a day where all fears and concerns could be set aside. Sharlin’s wish was for a Quinceañera, and it became an event filled with memories that will last a lifetime.

The fiesta de quince años is a celebration of a girl’s 15th birthday. The girl celebrating this special birthday is known as a Quinceañera, a term reserved solely for the honoree marking this special transition from childhood to young womanhood. This celebration embraces deep rooted customs and the virtues of family. It is traditional for the Quinceañera to choose special friends to participate in their special day and we were honored when Sharlin asked Make-A-Wish New Jersey to help grant her one true wish of a Quinceañera like one not seen before.

Once we received Sharlin’s wish, our wish granters couldn’t wait to begin. The first question...where to start? To help with that, Make-A-Wish New Jersey reached out to our dear friends at Goya. When they heard about Sharlin’s wish, Goya jumped right in to help us with the planning. With their support and guidance, the team at Goya helped make this an authentic Quinceañera with traditional celebrations, a beautiful gown and tiara, a horse-drawn carriage, a dance with her father, and a traditional shoe ceremony.

It was a beautiful experience because I saw my princess so happy and enjoying her wish which was to celebrate her sweet fifteen. I am thankful for this beautiful experience for her and realize that good people exist who can help make wishes come true. I am very grateful to all of you at Make-A-Wish and Goya for such a noble act. For Sharlin, it was a beautiful experience, a dream come true that she had the chance to share with her family and friends. God bless every single one of you. ”

— Maricruz, Sharlin’s Mom

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