5-year-old crowned Queen of the Queen City through Make-A-Wish

- The Queen City has a new Queen and she’s only five years old. Jessa Whipple’s wish came true Friday night in Uptown as she was crowned Queen of Charlotte.

“It’s magic. It’s magic,” said Jacqueline Whipple, Jessa’s mom.

It was a fairytale evening from a horse carriage ride to a ballroom party at The Ritz Carlton. Jessa invited her friends to wear yellow to celebrate the occasion.

They lined the hallways of the hotel as she made her way into the ballroom.

The best part of the evening for Jessa? “Playing with my friends,” said Jessa.

“She loves pageants and being pampered and she was like I want to be Queen of the Queen City and that’s literally how she came up with her wish,” explained Amy Brindley, CEO of Make-A-Wish of Central and Western North Carolina chapter.

The journey to coronation hasn’t been easy. Queen Jessa was born with the most complex form of spina bifida. The Whipple family adopted her when she was just 10 months old. Doctors were surprised she survived to be born in the first place.

“She has had 18 surgeries in her five years of life and will need many more,” said Jessa’s mom.

“The light that shines in her eyes is like no other child,” said Brindley. Volunteers along with wish granters worked to make Jessa’s dreams come true. From hair and make-up to room service she got it all Friday.

“As a mom it is hard to explain but it’s amazing what Make-A-Wish does,” said Whipple.

For the night she confidently ruled The Ritz Carlton and proudly waved while wearing her crown. It’s not the crown, but her fighting spirit and smile that makes her royalty.

“She inspires me to want to be a better person and to be a good father to her. She is amazing,” said Jason Whipple, Jessa’s dad.

“She is sunshine on wheels,” said Jessa’s mom.

Make-A-Wish Central & Western NC supports 51 counties and creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.

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