A year ago, Berenice Jasso from rural Escalon, CA was in the fight of her life because of a condition that the best minds in medical science have no name for. Yesterday, she lived life as a princess at her dream quinceañera in the ballroom of the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel in downtown Stockton, organized by the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Sacramento and Northeastern California.
Quinceañera is a Latino tradition celebrating a girl's 15th birthday, and marks her transition from childhood to womanhood. As her family and friends see it, Berenice's quinceañera is unique because "it's more than just a celebration of her 15th birthday; it's a celebration of her new life".
Upon hearing about Berenice, and the need for donations from the Sacramento Event community to help make her wish come true (and thinking of how fun it would be to illustrate the traditional ornate ball gown I expected Berenice to wear), I decided to offer her a custom quinceañera dress illustration! Read Berenice's story in The Record, Stockton's local newspaper, or on the Make-A-Wish website. Below is Berenice's final illustration!