Ivanka Trump Makes Aspiring Jewelry Designer's Wish Come True

08/08/2012 at 09:00 AM ET

When Ivanka Trump met teen jewelry designer Linda Cifuentes in May, the day was filled with lots of laughter. But just months before, Cifuentes’s life hadn’t been so happy.

Adopted two years ago, 16-year-old Cifuentes was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma earlier this year. As she battled the disease from her hospital bed, her mother brought her beads to make jewelry with. In time, she realized she had quite a talent — and a passion was born.

Now in remission — and busy planning her Quinceañera — Cifuentes was recently granted a wish through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and got to spend a day with Trump at her SoHo jewelry boutique. Her family — four of her sisters, plus her parents — came along for the trip, spending a weekend at the Trump SoHo hotel.

“She’s really, really very good,” Trump says in the clip above. “She asked a ton of incredibly knowledgeable and informed questions. I was really amazed by the seriousness she had, and the professionalism.”

The two talked web design and craftsmanship, and at the end of the day, Trump gifted the teen with a piece from her fine jewelry collection. But the giving didn’t stop there: Trump and her team also gave Cifuentes three emeralds, which the aspiring designer used to create a piece that was auctioned at a recent San Diego Make-A-Wish event — and in turn, will pay to grant four children’s wishes.

“Just generally, I look forward to watching Linda as she grows,” Trump says. “I’m incredibly lucky to have met Linda and her family.” See more of the special day in the clip above, and visit lindadesigns4u.com to see more of Cifuentes’s creations.

–Kate Hogan

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freddie on

I cannot stand her father, but Ivanka comes off as very polished and poised. I wonder if she ever gets mortified of her buffoon of a dad.

Ruby on

Ivanka seems like a very genuine, sweet person. How she took this girl under her wings displays that. Then to give her
emeralds to be auctioned off so other “Make A Wish” candidates can benefit shows she has the right stuff. I admire what she did.

Betty on

What a sweet lady, I can not belive her father is donald trump??? Thank you Ivanka, for giving this wish to such a beautiful child.

fanofboardwalkempire on

this was really a wonderful story of giving and caring and passing it on forward. Love the story and so nice to see Ivanka giving of herself in such a dignified manner. Classy and helping a great charity!

Michele on

What a great story. I checked out Linda’s website, her designs are very pretty and look like nice quality. I hope she finds success with her line and that her cancer stays gone for good.

Elle on

Love Ivanka. Class act!

Melissa B on

Thats sweet. Hope the cancer goes away. Wishing her and her family well, and good for Ivanka for doing this.

Christine on

Ivanka is a beautiful soul. God bless them all.

classy on

It is so nice to read a story of this nature. It is so refreshing. I’m happy to see there are people out there who still care. Linda has a gift! Her pieces are beautiful!!!

katya on

awesome!!! that is so cool!

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