The partnership between Shell Deer Park Chemicals and Make-A-Wish Texas Gulf Coast and Louisiana brought another wish to life recently when they revealed to 14-year-old Paulina – who courageously fights acute lymphoblastic leukemia – that she will have her Disney dreams fulfilled with a trip for her and her family to Walt Disney World in Florida.

A fan of all-things Disney – especially the princesses and her personal favorite Rapunzel – Paulina, in a Rapunzel gown, was crowned Shell Deer Park Princess for the Day by Deer Park Fire Chief Don Davis. “On behalf of the city of Deer Park and Mayor Jerry Mouton, I’d like to thank Shell Deer Park and the Make-A-Wish Foundation for inviting us to be part of this event,” Davis said.

Shell Deer Park Chemicals ties its commitment to Make-A-Wish to improving safety with a special program from its ACE (Armed. Confident. Empowered.) committee, with donations made for completion of proactive safety observations. “ACE has committed to making Deer Park a safe place to work as well as making Paulina’s wish come true,” said Shell Deer Park Chemicals General Manager Nathan Levin. “We are grateful for your continued support and dedication to the site and our community.” 

The Shell Deer Park Leadership team aided the cause by volunteering for a dunk tank during Family Day at the Armand Bayou Nature Center. Funds raised were used to purchase a Disney-themed carry-on suitcase for Paulina that was filled with goodies for her trip.

Make-A-Wish making a difference

At the time of the reveal event, there were nearly 20 children in Deer Park and the surrounding area on their wish journeys, said Angela Garza, Director of Corporate Engagement with Make-A-Wish Texas Gulf Coast and Louisiana. She added that since its inception in 1984, the organization has granted more than 10,000 wishes to local children and during fiscal year 2022 it granted the most wishes in its history.

“Wishes are more than a nice thing to do – medical research has proven that the power of a wish greatly impacts a child’s treatment regimen, helping the child and their family replace fear with hope and sadness with joy,” Garza said. “We are extremely honored to be part of this special day for Paulina and we are truly grateful for Shell Deer Park’s support of our mission.”

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