Teenager gets her wish for a pretty smile

Published 1:54 pm Monday, December 8, 2008

When 16-year-old Jalisa Beasley found out she could have any wish she wanted, she didn’t want a week in Disney World or tickets to the Super Bowl. Instead, she chose to get braces.

“I knew they were expensive and I knew I wasn’t going to get them myself,” she said. “We could wish for anything, so I wished for braces. I needed them really bad. I decided for myself.”

Beasley, an Opelika resident, has no kidneys. She had both kidneys removed in August after a battle with membranous nephropathy, a kidney disorder. She is currently staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Birmingham and going to dialysis three times a week.

Beasley is involved with Magic Moment, a non-profit foundation that grants non-medical wishes for chronically ill children in Alabama.

Once Magic Moments found out what her wish was, it was time to make it happen. Staffers there put in a call to the office of Dr. Sherri Weissman, an orthodontist in Inverness.

Chris Bond, who works with Weissman, said once the call came in, everything happened within a week.

“I wish she could get a kidney that fast,” Bond said.

On Dec. 4, Beasley took her first step towards a gorgeous smile.

The total cost for braces is $5,000-$6,000. Weissman’s office is donating the entire cost.

While Beasley is excited to have her braces, there’s a happy ending to her story as well. Her father will donate a kidney to help get her back to the life of a normal 16-year-old.