I love the Make-A-Wish organization. There is absolutely nothing more selfless than helping a child with cancer or other terminal disease fulfill their wishes. For one child, the wish was to meet chef Ina Garten, of the Food Network's Barefoot Contessa. Enzo, a six year old with leukemia, apparently would watch the show with his mother and became a huge fan along the way. According to several news reports, Ina Garten told the Make-A-Wish foundation that she was too busy to meet with Enzo and his family due to scheduling restraints. Apparently, she is on a book tour and time is limited. However, this is the second time she has turned down Enzo's request in a year. I read that her publicist said that she cannot accommodate every person's request. How many dying children are choosing to meet Ina Garten as his or her wish? Not many, I suspect.
I truly cannot imagine being a celebrity and turning down a Make-A-Wish Foundation request. Ina Garten should feel honored that a child chose to meet her as his wish, above anything else in the world. I suppose not only is this contessa barefoot, but a little heartless as well.
Enzo has since changed his wish since being let down by Garten. He wants to swim with the dolphins, a wish that the foundation is making come true. Enzo's mother maintains a blog about her son. Visit Angels for Enzo to learn more about this brave young boy and his family.