Make-A-Wish star shines bright for a day

Staff and wire reports


yal Oak – — A girl with leukemia had her dream of becoming a celebrity come true on Friday.

Through Make-A-Wish Michigan, Emily Sobeck, 10, took a celebrity journey that included bodyguards, adoring fans, a makeover and a professional photo shoot.

Emily Sobeck, right, signs her autograph at Royal Oak’s Shrine Catholic School. Make-A-Wish granted the fifth-grader’s wish to be a celebrity on Friday. Activities for Emily lasted all day, and included a pep rally, with a red carpet arrival. She also went shopping and the mayor of Royal Oak proclaimed it Emily Sobeck Day. The 10-year-old has leukemia.

Emily was escorted from her Royal Oak elementary school by a phalanx of high school football players to a waiting limousine, which whisked her along her big day.

After lunch at her favorite spot, Emily returned to school for a pep assembly.

Emily then headed to Macy's at the Somerset Collection mall to greet fans, sign autographs — including one for Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg — and shop for a gown.

Left: Emily is escorted into the school by Make-A-Wish “security guards” during a red carpet arrival.

Below: Schoolmates such as Emme Evans, 5, right, cheer and hold up “We Love Emily" posters at a pep rally.
School mates cheer and hold up "We Love Emily" posters, including, Emme Evans, right, 5, of Detroit.