Ashley is a 13 year-old child who is battling Acute Myelogenous Leukemia. She recently was admitted to hospice so that she could pursue comfort and quality of life during the time she has left. Ashley’s 13th birthday was on May 19th, but she was hospitalized at the time, so she didn’t have the chance to celebrate becoming a teenager. SCHF learned of Ashley’s love of cooking, baking and any show on the Food Network. We soon set to work on planning a very special day fit for a cooking queen.
Ashley was escorted to the Island Hotel Newport Beach , where she was treated like the VIP cooking star she has always wanted to be. Upon arrival at the hotel, her favorite singer, Bruno Mars, was playing in the background and her room was decorated with Happy Birthday signs. For dinner, she and her little brother wore monogrammed aprons and partook in a fabulous cooking demonstration and exquisite meal prepared by the Island Hotel’s Executive Chef, David Man, and his team. The food of course included Ashley’s favorite, shrimp, creating the perfect ending to such a magical 13th birthday celebration!