Kilisha Glennon is a nine year old girl from Coolstown, Carrick Road, Edenderry. She is a kind, caring and loving little girl who like any other nine year old is into music, dancing and hip hop and fashion. She is in Rang 3 at the Gael Scoil in Edenderry.
Two years ago her whole life was turned upside when she was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour on March 9, her seventh birthday. Despite having major surgery in Temple Street Children’s Hospital, Kilisha has a long hard road ahead of her and is still attending hospital for more treatments.
So when Share a Dream Foundation were asked to make brave Kilisha’s dream of becoming a top model and feel like a Princess for a day a reality they immediately set about bringing her dream to her very doorstep. “We move heaven and earth to make dreams come true for very sick children like Kilisha all over Ireland who have suffered so much pain, heartache and disappointments in their short but traumatic young lives,” said Shay Kinsella founder of Share a Dream.
On Thursday March 29 Kilisha’s day began when she and her family (all eight of them) travelled to Athlone by special Garda escort and stayed in the fabulous 4 star Sheraton Hotel. After some refreshments Kilisha met her two ladies in waiting and three Bodyguards. Then in true model style it was into one of her two BMWs (kindly supplied by Colm Quinn Motors) to start her day! Kilisha was accompanied by her Mother Siobhan and her sister Clodagh (10), while her dad Austin and her other siblings Emma (5), Aoife (2) and Coleisia (19 months) waited at the hotel to see the results of the transformation.
First stop for Kilisha and her entourage was Sherbert Kids boutique for two gorgeous outfits and shoes. Then off to ColorStarz Salon for a fab hairdo and even the bodyguards got a quick wash done! Then make-up and nails and some pampering at Geraldine’s Beauty Salon. After a hectic morning a bite of lunch was then in order at Quiqley’s Restaurant where they were joined by the rest of the family. Back to the hotel and after a much needed rest and a delicious dinner in the Harvest Café then it was time to get ready for the finale that evening when Kilisha strutted her stuff on the catwalk.
Kilisha in true model style walked the catwalk accompanied by celebrity Jamie Lang of “Made In Chelsea” and her mum Siobhan modelling her outfit at the Cause for Fashion show for a couple of hundred guests who gave her a standing ovation. It was a dream come true for Kilisha and her family.
Share a Dream would like to take this opportunity to extend a huge thank you Jennifer McGuire, Traci Brennan, the Sheraton Athlone Hotel, Geraldine’s Health & Beauty Clinic, Sherbet, ColorStarz Hairdressers, Quigleys, Café Togo, The Harvest Café and An Garda Siochana, Colm Quinn BMW and all the wonderful people in Athlone for helping to make this dream a reality for Kilisha and her family.
Kilisha’s dad Austin this week told the Offaly Express “we can’t say enough good things about the Share A Dream foundation, Shay and Ciara and the team were wonderful and made Kilisha’s dream came true. Everyone was so good to her on the day. Her Ladies-in-Waiting and the Bodyguards were great fun and treated her like a princess. We also want to thank her school principal Póla Ní Chinneaide at Gael Scoil Edenderry for all her support.”