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Oak Grove resident Mabel Lord, 11, gets help from Yorkie companion in battling leukemia

Oak Grove resident Mabel Lord, 11, who is battling leukemia, just thought she was going to the mall for some shopping with her family earlier this month.

COURTESY PHOTO: MONROE PHOTOGRAPHY - After meeting her new Yorkie puppy Jasmine, Mabel Lord wrote letters to Santa as part of Macy's Believe Campaign. But when Mabel walked into the Macy's at Clackamas Town Center on Dec. 3, she stepped on to a red carpet lined with employees, customers, Make-A-Wish Oregon staff and volunteers, along with loved ones cheering her into the store. Make-A-Wish staff then announced that Mabel's wish for a puppy was coming true.

As confetti rained and banners waved, Mabel turned around on the red carpet and was greeted by Jasmine, the Yorkie puppy of her dreams. Mabel declared that Jasmine was "cute" and looked "pretty" in all types of light.

"I've been wanting a dog for a really, really long time," Mabel said. "I am very excited, and still in shock. Thank you for making my wish come true!"

COURTESY PHOTO: MONROE PHOTOGRAPHY - Joshua A. Kreinberg, PuppySpot chief administrative officer and general counsel, brings out Jasmine to grant Oak Grove resident Mabel Lord's wish.Mabel's mom, Catherine Lord, said Mabel had settled on a breed of dog that she'd be able to pick up even if she's feeling weak from her leukemia treatments.

"She had been looking at larger dogs, but then she decided she wanted a Yorkie because they're bred to be friends and companions and they're small," Lord said.

Macy's wants to bring strength to kids struggling was life-threatening diseases through a "Believe Campaign," in which the store donates $1 to Make-A-Wish (up to $1 million) for every letter written to Santa in-store or online through Dec. 24. Since 2003, Macy's has donated more than $122 million to Make-A-Wish, including more than $19 million through the annual Believe campaign.

Oregon Make-A-Wish spokesperson Kaitlyn Bolduc called Mabel "a courageous fighter" whose "one true wish is to have a puppy to love, a special companion to comfort her during treatment" for leukemia.

COURTESY PHOTO: MONROE PHOTOGRAPHY - Oak Grove resident Mabel Lord, 11, joins her family in celebrating after receiving her puppy from Oregon Make-A-Wish."We are so excited for her wish to come true, and can't wait to hear all about the adventures of Mabel and Jasmine," Bolduc said.

After meeting Jasmine, Mabel and her family wrote letters to Santa as part of the Believe Campaign. Macy's also surprised Mabel with a huge pile of gifts, including matching pajamas for her entire family, Jasmine included.

"This is the best part of my job, no question," said Macy's Assistant Store Manager Jen Ruljancich. "There's nothing better than a puppy wish, and it is such an honor to help Make-A-Wish fulfill Mabel's wish to have a puppy."

Mabel and her family then went on a $300 donated shopping spree at PetSmart, which included an additional $120 value for puppy training classes. Mabel is taking Jasmine for a first check-up at Banfield Pet Hospital, which donated one year of its Optimum Wellness Plan for the puppy.

"The incredible team at Macy's knows that wishes like Mabel's can't wait," Bolduc said. "It's through the strength of our community that we are able to grant wishes."

Oregon Make-A-Wish granted the wishes of 260 children with critical illnesses last year.


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