December 2, 2016
It's Christmas Come Early as Sparks Teen is Awarded Trip to Royal College of Surgerons in London
Victoria, a 16-year-old girl from Sparks, will learn her wish to visit the Royal College of Surgeons of England is being granted by Make-A-Wish® Northeastern California and Northern Nevada and Renown Children’s Hospital. Victoria, who is diagnosed with a rare type of leukemia, wants to become a pediatric hematologist oncologist and has always dreamed of visiting the Royal College to see the famous Two-Headed Boy of Bengal skull and other rare medical artifacts.
Join us as we surprise Victoria with a trip to London to make her wish come true!
Tuesday, December 6
Media must be staged by 1:45 p.m.
Like many girls her age, Victoria enjoys Disney movies, texting her friends and Taylor Swift; but her passions go far beyond that into the world of medicine. Her favorite class in school? Medical terminology. Among her favorite animals? Leeches.
But it’s really no surprise. Victoria has been fascinated with medicine as long as she can remember and aspired to become a pediatric hematologist oncologist long before she was diagnosed herself. Why? Because, “I want to help kids, I want to make them feel better and heal.” Even at the young age of 16 she is moving closer to that goal. Victoria has already won bronze and gold awards in competitions for future doctors and nurses and regularly shadows care providers at Renown Regional Medical Center.
Another prime example of her love of medicine: In Victoria’s “wish application” she listed seeing the skull at the Royal College as her lifelong dream and first priority – even above meeting actor Tom Hiddleston (of Avengers fame) and she admits, she will probably cry with excitement when she sees the skull in real life.
We’re happy to say Victoria is a fighter and after being diagnosed in late November 2015, she is done with treatment which has a 92 percent success rate and is anxious to get her life back to “normal.” Renown Children’s Hospital and Make-A-Wish are honored to make Victoria’s dream a reality and look forward to seeing the look on her face when the surprise is revealed and her wish comes true.
Tahoe Tower Lobby, Ground Floor
Renown Regional Medical Center
1155 Mill Street, Reno
  • Interviews with:
    • Victoria, Wish recipient, and the Matthews family
    • Jennifer Stolo, CEO, Make-A-Wish
    • Dr. Max Coppes, Physician-in-Chief, Renown Children’s Hospital and Professor and Nell J. Redfield Chair of Pediatrics, University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine
Video of London-themed reveal for Victoria including a grand entrance through an English garden, a Renown Children’s Hospital white coat made specially for Victoria, travel bag with the essentials for her trip over the pond, Royal Guards, and posters made by Renown employees.
About Make-A-Wish® Northeastern California and Northern Nevada
Make-A-Wish® Northeastern California and Northern Nevada was established in 1983 as one of the early local chapters of Make-A-Wish® America, which is the leading wish-granting organization in the country.  Since then, it has granted more than 6,000 wishes to children within its 37-county service area. The mission of Make-A-Wish® is to grant wishes to children, age 2 ½ to 18, with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. For more information about Make-A-Wish® Northeastern California and Northern Nevada, call 916.437.0206 or visit
About Renown Children’s Hospital
Renown Children’s Hospital is the only dedicated children’s hospital in northern Nevada, and offers a variety of programs and services designed specifically to care for the community's families. It has the region’s only Children’s ER and Pediatric ICU. Renown Children’s Hospital is the only hospital affiliated with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH) in the region and local CMN Hospitals' programs and events directly benefit children in the Truckee Meadows. It is also the only hospital in the region affiliated with CHA (Children’s Hospital Association). For more information, visit

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