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Khadijah Wishes to Be an Actress

Khadijah gets her hair and makeup done

“ It is my prayer that one day, we can pay it forward to someone, somewhere…to make them feel as special as you all have done for us. ”


- Jessica, wish mom

For the past sixteen years, Khadijah has been living with a pulmonary atresia, a congenital malformation of the pulmonary valve. Because of this, she faces the possibility of open heart surgery in her future. It can be overwhelming to think about what the future might hold but we were thrilled to be able to help Khadijah “forget her worries” for a special day.

Despite this, Khadijah is an average teenager full of spunk and personality—the type personality that’s perfect for an actress!  When we found out that her wish was to be an actress, we made sure to create her moment in the spotlight by making her an extra on the set of the MTV show Awkward.

In true “A list” style, Khadijah was flown to Los Angeles, where she was greeted at the airport by her very own limo that took her to the set where she was able to have a meet and greet with the cast, get her hair and make-up done and was given a full tour of the set.  She was even given a head set to watch the entire day’s filming.

While Khadijah was acting in her scenes, her mom was in tears watching her daughter have her moment to shine.  Even more special was the fact that the sixteen year old didn’t stop smiling the entire trip.  That’s the power of a wish!

  • Khadijah and her family arrive in Hollywood

  • Khadijah gets her hair and makeup done

  • Khadijah gets her hair and makeup done

  • Khadijah on the set of Awkward

  • Khadijah on the set of Awkward

  • Khadijah preparing for her acting debut

I know I’ve said thank you, but God can bless you wayyyyy more than my family and I can. I pray that God continue to bless you and the Make a Wish Foundation. It is my prayer that one day, we can pay it forward to someone, somewhere…to make them feel as special as you all have done for us. ”

— Jessica, Khadijah's mom

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