Belvidere girl pampered through Make A Wish - – Rockford’s News Leader

Belvidere girl pampered through Make A Wish


A very special Belvidere teenager is getting the treatment of a lifetime, and a chance to meet her favorite idol.

Fourteen year-old Bridgette Peters has already overcome some big obstacles in her life. Seven years ago, she was diagnosed with an arteriovenous malformation, or an AVM, in her brain.

"It's like a blood fed brain tumor, it's 6 centimeters large and it goes through her whole brain," says Bridgette's mother Kelly Peters.

She could have died last March because of bleeding in her brain. Her health is a little more stable now, but she is still too weak to attend school.

To take her mind off things, the Make a Wish foundation is sending Bridgette to meet her favorite county singer after a concert in Milwaukee. The artist and Make a Wish Foundation has asked that we do not use her name.

"I'm excited. I'm freaking out. I didn't sleep at all last night," says Bridgette.

Bridgett's special day began with a trip to Ashley's Salon in Belvidere. Hair, nail, and makeup artists were waiting to get her ready for her backstage meet and greet. "This is like a dream come true. she is my idol, and I want to be just like her," she says.

Her condition is currently being managed with radiation treatments. Bridgette says she's just like any other teenage girl, but seizures force her to stay at home, carefully monitoring her blood pressure. "Her seizures last 6 to 8 hours. She gets paralyzed on her right side, she looses her speech, gets a migraine so bad she vomits," says Kelly.

After her trip to the spa, a limousine will pick Bridgette and her family up, and take them north to Milwaukee.

Kelly says, "It's the best feeling in the whole world, no money could every pay for they joy I feel to see her looking and acting like a queen for a day. It's a wonderful thing. "

Macy's also gave Bridgette a shopping spree, where she got to choose an outfit to wear to the concert.

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