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Make-A-Wish Washington partnered with Nordstrom, the Four Seasons Hotel and Gary Manuel Salon to grant 16-year-old Jayrah her wish to get the fashion and beauty star treatment. 

Jayrah's beauty queen wish

Jayrah Fulsom of Granite Falls, WA is just like most other 16-year-old girls: addicted to fashion magazines, obsessed with beauty trends, and constantly trying new hair styles.

Unlike other 16-year-olds, Jayrah has Friedrich's ataxia, a degeneration of the nerve tissue in the spinal cord. When she was approached by Make-A-Wish Washington, her wish was simple: get the VIP/model experience that any fashion star would.

Her wish was Nordstrom, Four Seasons Hotel and Gary Manuel Salon's command! On World Wish Day (this past Tuesday), Jayrah and her family were whisked from the Four Seasons Hotel (in a limousine!), and dropped off at Gary Manuel Salon to get the perfect hairstyle.

She then stopped by the flagship Nordstrom store in downtown Seattle where she entered on a red carpet, and learned about the latest fashion and cosmetic trends from Nordstrom fashion and beauty elite.

After a lunch and photo shoot, Jayrah headed back to the Four Seasons where she thought she'd be taking a rest. Little did she know that fashion fans, Make-A-Wish volunteers and friends and family would be meeting her on the 2nd floor of the hotel, lining a red carpet.

To top it all off, fireman brought her roses to the tune of Bruno Mars' Just The Way You Are.

All in all, a perfect day for a wonderful girl.

Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions, hoping to enrich their human experience with hope, strength and joy. This year, the local chapter will grant 320 wishes, including Jayrah's.

According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true can influence the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illnesses, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family.