Shelby Miguel, an 18-year-old ambassador from Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area, is among the performers at Macy’s 24th annual tree-lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. Friday in Union Square.
Where do you live? In Daly City, but I’ll be moving to Los Angeles to go to school at USC to study vocal performance.
How did you become a Make-A-Wish ambassador? I battled Burkitt’s lymphoma, a very aggressive form of blood cancer, when I was 4. After I was in treatment for six months, the Make-A-Wish Foundation was there for me, and granted my wish to go to Disney World. I’ve been involved with them ever since. Now I’m an intern in events and an ambassador.
What does an ambassador do? I share my story with the Wish kids and their families, providing a source of hope — it’s the most important thing they need.
How did you become a singer? I started singing at 4 when I was in the hospital; it became my way of coping with the hospital environment. I sang with Disney princesses; I even had a blond wig — I wanted to be Princess Aurora from “Sleeping Beauty” so badly. I started taking singing lessons when I was 9.
Can you talk about some of your most interesting performances? I’ve sung the national anthem for the Giants, the Warriors, the Lakers and the Clippers. And I did a duet with Jonathan Cain of Journey.
So you’re appearing for the second time at Macy’s tree lighting — what will you sing? It was a blast last year; I’m glad they brought me back. I’ll be singing my two favorite holiday songs in the world, “This Christmas” and “The Christmas Song,” which I was able to choose.
What else is important about the Macy’s gig? The No. 1 most important thing is to promote the “Believe” campaign. For every letter written to Santa dropped off in a mailbox at Macy’s, the store will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish — up to $1 million. These kids really deserve it.
How’s your health these days? I am in perfect health, thank goodness for that! I have hair, my hair is long, and I’m very happy about that. I’m alive and well.
IF YOU GO
Macy’s Christmas Tree Lighting
with Judith Hill, S.F. Boys Choir, Glide Ensemble, Shelby Miguel
Where: Union Square, Geary and Powell streets, S.F.
When: 6 p.m. Friday