Little girl with rare illness gets dream shopping spree
Published Tuesday, November 17, 2015 2:39PM PST
Christmas has come early for an 11-year-old B.C. girl who has spent years undergoing invasive treatments for a rare autoimmune disease.
Since her diagnosis three years ago, Emerline Custodio has gone through chemotherapy, steroids and dozens of painful lumbar punctures as part of the treatment for Rosai-Dorfman disease.
But on Tuesday, the little girl got to live every kid’s dream: A shopping spree sponsored by Toys "R" Us and the Starlight Children’s Foundation.
Emerline and her family got to fill as much as they could into three shopping carts in the toy store in just three minutes.
Despite the short time frame, her race through the aisles netted a karaoke machine, a telescope and so many toys the cart was nearly overflowing.
The tally for the haul was more than $2,100.
Nancy Custodio, Emerline’s mom, said the event was a bright spot in what has been an extremely difficult and emotional period for their family.
“It just stops your life,” she said of her daughter’s condition. “It’s a real challenge.”
Their shopping spree was one of six across Canada for children suffering from a variety of illnesses.
The Starlight Children’s Foundation aims to create positive memories for families away from the hospital.
With files from CTV Vancouver’s Nafeesa Karim