For 17-year-old Lizz, her wish to go to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in California not only fulfilled her dream to be a marine biologist, it reminded her of the importance of family. As a child suffering from a blood disorder, she and her mom spent a lot of time at the hospital while her dad took care of her sisters at home. “The wish was a good way to get the family all together,” she said. While on the trip, the family got to kayak, explore ocean life together and just relax. Lizz said that she got through her illness and her bone marrow transplant with the support of her family, and that the wish experience “was a way to celebrate the journey.”
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January 10, 2014, is a day that Michelle and Steve will never forget. It’s the day that their daughter, Julianna, was admitted to the hospital and later diagnosed with an incurable neuromuscular disease. It’s a disease Julianna’s mother calls “cruel.” Exactly a year later, Make-A-Wish Oregon granted Julianna’s wish to have a princess room. The room had everything she wanted, including pink walls that shimmer in the light. Julianna’s mom said the entire Make-A-Wish experience was one of healing and that the room brings her daughter so much joy. She said Julianna now has “a stunning room that is befitting a brave, vibrant and lovely princess who has fought many difficult battles.”
James loved everything about his wish trip to Hawaii – from the waterslide and limo ride to the moonlight cruise and fancy luau food. “He was the ultimate tourist,” said his mom.
This trip comes at the end of a long journey for James and his family. In May 2012, when he was just 10 years old, doctors diagnosed James with a rare nervous system disorder. The once active little boy could no longer swim, climb trees, play in the park or even play computer games. His mom said Make-A-Wish Oregon played a large role in his recovery because the wish gave James something to look forward to – something to work toward. She said it motivated him to work harder during therapy so that he could walk on the warm beach, which was a big accomplishment for James. The family had a great time and James’ mom said he felt strong during his wish.