BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — We’re about a week away from Christmas and a holiday miracle made its way to one little girl.
Three-year-old Acadia LaBranche had her dreams come true with an in-store shopping spree at Macy’s.
“I couldn’t believe it,” said her mom, Amber LaBranche.
Acadia arrived at the shopping mall in a limo. There was paparazzi and a red carpet that led her to a section of the store that was full of wrapped presents with her name on it.
“You hear about this stuff happening to people, but when it’s your own child, it means so much more,” said LaBranche.
“We created Acadia’s Corner, which you see behind me. We had it stocked with toys, gifts, and everything she had a wish for. She was able to tear into them, open them up like any three-year-old does,” said Macy’s Senior Director Store Manager Christian Rogers.
LaBranche said her daughter Acadia was diagnosed with a metabolic disorder as an infant.
“They had her diagnosed within a few weeks with this rare genetic disease and it was a roller coaster battling up and down, up and down, but we’re finally at a point where we can get her where she needs to be,” said LaBranche.
Despite her condition, she lives life to the fullest.
“She’s a ball of fire, that’s why we work so hard. People say all the time [say], ‘I didn’t know she was sick.’ She’s not sick, she’s different,'” said LaBranche.
The family is currently fighting another battle.
“With COVID, her wish was on hold and we lost everything in Hurricane Ida, and we thought this was the perfect gift for her, to get everything she wanted and more,” LaBranche explained.
LaBranche said her daughter lost almost everything, including her toy collection.
“We had two trees that fell and it just so happens that those trees were on opposite ends of the house, her playroom and her bedroom,” she said.
But all is calm and all is bright for Acadia this Christmas.
“It’s these little moments that make a meaningful impact on people’s lives, so being a part of that, it’s one of the most heartwarming things we’ve done,” said Rogers.
“She can do whatever she wants and her disease will not hold her back,” said LaBranche.
After receiving all of these gifts, Acadia has one more on the way. She will be a big sister in the next few months.