Saturday was a day where wishes came true at the Arnot Mall as a 16-year-old Waverly girl was granted a shopping spree. The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central New York gave Diana Lowery a day that would make any teenager jealous and our Bill Mich was there to capture the special day.
HORSEHEADS, N.Y. -- Diana Lowery and her family arrived in style to the Arnot Mall where she would spend her Saturday living out her wish of a shopping spree. A shopping spree well deserved.
"It was so tough on me when I was in the hospital not to cry and not to cry. And it's tough now because I know there's tumors still there and it's so rough on me," Diana said.
Back in July, Diana was diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis Type II. She has non-malignant tumors on her brain and spinal cord. The largest tumor was removed in August, relieving Diana of headaches but she has lost sight in her right eye and suffered severe hearing loss in her left ear. Right now she is stable, but needs to continue to be monitored.
"Just knowing that my child has these tumors, and being Mom, I just wish they would take them all out," said Diana's mother, Tina Lowery.
"She's been through so much. She's had a tough battle. And this is a break for her. She gets to do what she wants for the day," said Wade Lowery, Diana's father.
And all Diana wanted to do was shop. The first stop was Gamestop where Diana got a 400 dollar gift card, and got herself some fancy new gadgets and even some games for her brother and dad. And then it was off to find some new clothes, many of which had one similar characteristic, they had to be pink. The one thing Diana did all day long was smile, and her family said she has remained upbeat throughout the whole ordeal and Diana says it's because of all the support she has received.
"I can talk to my counselor, teacher, friends, family, whoever I need to talk to," Diana said.
At one point on Saturday, Diana just stopped and said this was the best day ever. When asked why, her reason was simple.
"Because it's all about me."