Portland Mayor to declare “Mermaid Day” in honor of 10-year-old Make-A-Wish

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The Oregon Mermaids were honored to be a part of (National Mermaid Day ) Aug 6th in honor of a little girl named Wren!  #WrensWishDay

Mermaid Collette has worked for years for non profits and charity organizations as a Mermaid, she formed her team  The Oregon Mermaids LLC  due to the overwhelming requests she was getting for Mermaid Collette! When Collette  got the call from Make A Wish Oregon, tears of joy rolled down her face.

The next two weeks were sleepless nights, hoping and wondering if her and some of her team  would be the perfect Mermaid’s that the little girl’s would want to have at her party.  Mermaid Collette also had a magical experience making the little girl’s Mermaid Tail, she quoted, it was that inner voice and spirit that if you are able to be lead and walk by faith, really good things take place.

~Mermaid Collette~ Mer -Splash.


Portland Mayor to declare “Mermaid Day” in honor of 10-year-old Make-A-Wish® child


PORTLAND (Saturday, August 6, 2016) – She wished for a swim spa. What she’s getting is a lot more. She’s getting a day named in her honor. She’s getting the ultimate surprise block party. More importantly, she’s getting a community of friends, family and the many local businesses that are rallying behind her.


She is 10-year-old Wren Grabham. Wren has spinal muscular atrophy, a degenerative muscle disease that makes her weaker over time and has required her to use a wheelchair since she was three years old. When Make-A-Wish Oregon asked her what would make her happy and bring her joy, she said a swim spa that would allow her to get out of her wheelchair and float. More importantly, it would give her the ability to have pool parties with her friends and to participate and feel like a part of the group. Wren’s wish stems from her love of mermaids. She said they remind her of the feeling of being free in the water.


Wren’s mom, Cheryl Grabham, said “Many girls living with SMA identify with mermaids because they are magical and so powerful in the water. Once you meet some of these incredible young women, you might also catch yourself saying that walking is overrated!”


More than 150 people are expected to attend a SURPRISE block party this Saturday afternoon to celebrate the official unveiling of Wren’s swim spa. Among the attendees will be Diana Nunez, Deputy Chief of Staff for Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, who will declare it “Mermaid Day” and present Wren with a certificate. August is also Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month


Below is the general timeline of events:


2:00 p.m. – Guests arrive to enjoy food, family-friendly activities

2:15 p.m. – All guests will receive a purple superhero cape to wear in Wren’s honor

2:30 p.m. – Wren arrives at corner of xxxxxxxxxxx

3:00 p.m. – Announcement from the Mayor’s Office

3:15 p.m. – Local band, The Sentiments, performs / party continues

4:00 p.m. – Rose City Raindrops performs synchronized swimming routine


Special thanks to all of those who donated to support Wren’s wish: Marquis Spa; J. Beals Construction; The Rose City Raindrops; The Oregon Mermaids; Lakeshore Art Supplies; Everfan; free rides to and from the event from Uber; musical entertainment by The Sentiments; the Costume Team from The Librarian; food by Chipotle, VooDoo Donuts, Grand Cru Hospitality, Nohora Lambert and Kir Jensen; Photography by Milana Gilligan and Melinda Ruby; Videography by Adam Cornelius; Target; Hollywood Lights; NW Stages; Acme Scenic; AAA Flag and Banner; Portland Party Rentals; Northwest Event Technology; Function Inc.; American Barricade and Schultz Clearwater Sanitation.


About Make-A-Wish® Oregon

Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. The Oregon chapter is one of 62 Make-A-Wish chapters in the United States. With the help of generous donors and 350 volunteers, the Oregon chapter has granted more than 3,300 wishes in Oregon and Clark County, Washington.  For more information about Make-A-Wish Oregon, visit oregon.wish.org and discover how you can share the power of a wish®.




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