In 2012, all Haley could think about was the excitement of starting her senior year of high school. She was attending Orange County School of the Arts and was taking several acting classes. When she wasn't busy with homework, she spent her time giving back to the community through a volunteer group that she started with with her best friend. Their group allowed them to introduce the students at a local blind learning center to the world of art.
However, during her summer break, Haley started to feel drastic changes in her body. As the days went on, she easily became very fatigued and tired. Her bubbly and outgoing personality was quickly diminishing. After three months of antibiotics and many hospital visits, her doctors diagnosed her with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
With the news of her diagnosis, Haley felt that all her dreams of becoming an actress and wanting to help make the world a better place were becoming out of reach.
Make-A-Wish soon entered her life and brought hope, strength and joy to her and her family. The opportunity to have her most heartfelt wish granted would serve as a reminder that her dreams were all still within reach. Haley's most heartfelt wish was to meet her favorite actress, who she also calls her inspiration.
In 2014, Haley and her family were flown out to New York City to meet her favorite actress on the set of her latest movie. The opportunity to meet her gave Haley strength and a new outlook on life. More importantly, it gave her hope for the future.
Today, Haley is a two-time cancer survivor who believes in the power of Make-A-Wish.
Haley's wish is a constant reminder to her that life does not end with a bad diagnosis and that it is important to give back in any way possible. Additionally, her Make-A-Wish experience taught her that a simple act of kindness can greatly change a person’s life.