Christina Croll -
Click to Link to National and Local Press About This Story (Chris served as "Chief Elf" on this project) 
Gabriella Miller was a happy-go-lucky fourth grader in Northern Virginia until three days before Thanksgiving of 2012 when she was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of inoperable brain cancer.
When Gabriella learned she qualified for the "Make-A-Wish" Foundation, she was delighted to submit her wish, which is to visit Paris, France. But Gabriella is the kind of child who doesn't like to 'get' something without giving something back. So Gabriella asked all of her friends near and far to join her in writing letters to Santa Claus in December of 2012 because if Macy's received 1,000,000 letters to Santa before Christmas, the company said they would donate $1,000,000 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Gabriella’s initial goal was to personally deliver 10,000 letters. On December 1st, with the help of a viral Facebook campaign led by family and friends, Gabriella launched her campaign to collect letters. She collected over 20,000 letters in the first ten days. She then set a new goal of 50,000 letters, which she also quickly surpassed. On December 23rd at the conclusion of her quest, Gabriella astounded the nation when she announced that she was delivering 240,983 letters to Macy's. What makes this endeavor even more remarkable is that Gabriella's family does not even celebrate Christmas - they are Jewish. This little girl inspired people of all faiths to stop for a moment, count their blessings and write a quick Dear Santa note in support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, an organization that, "enriches the human experience with hope, strength and joy."
Gabriella's campaign resulted in enough funding to pay for 36 more wishes to be granted to seriously ill children.
If you are interested in contacting someone about this initiative, please email
To follow Gabriella's progress battling brain cancer, please "like" the Make A Wish with Gabriella page on Facebook.
Thank you for your interest and support.
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