For 12-year-old Anna, her Make-A-Wish experience marked the end of a long, hard road and the beginning of a bright, new future. “We began the trip as an oncology family; at the end, we were simply a family having fun and enjoying each other's company,” said her mom. “It was Anna’s first ‘normal’ experience in over eight months.”
Anna’s wish took her on a cruise to the Bahamas. From the airplane cockpit tour to the relaxing time on the warm sand, her mom said everything about the trip made them all feel special.
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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.”