When four-year-old Moira met the princesses, she had one important question: “Can I see your shoes?”
From Cinderella to Elsa and every princess in between, Moira was on a mission: to see and compare shoes with all the princesses.
“We never realized she was that into shoes until we were on her wish trip,” laughed Moira’s mom, Sara. “She was serious about it, and it became a mini-mission for us to see every princess’ shoes.”
But more importantly than the shoes, Moira’s wish trip to Walt Disney World® Resort signified the end of a long treatment process for a life-threatening blood disorder.
At first, Moira didn’t know what she wanted to wish for. Planning her wish became an important part of her treatment process.
“It kept it positive; her wish was something we would talk about often,” said Sara. “It was so nice for our family to know that we would be able to get away from the medical stuff that we’d been dealing with.”
Those medical treatments and hospital visits had overshadowed much of Moira’s young life … until she received her wish.
“She was so young when she went through her treatment,” said Sara. “We think she’s starting to lose the memory of all that. But her wish, being at the end of her treatment, is like her first memory of being a normal kid.”
According to Sara, Moira’s wish is her first memory of going on a vacation, being able to jump in a pool, to run around and be a kid. When kids like Moira are facing a life-threatening medical condition, they are often restricted from going to public places. The risk of exposure to germs is too high.
“It was just the beginning of the doctors releasing her from some of her restrictions,” Sara said. “Her wish was the first time she had had done so many different things. It was just like releasing; our family could finally be a little more normal. Finally, we stepped out of this fog we’d been in for so long, and it was so nice.”
As for the fanciest footwear? Moira liked Elsa’s sparkly shoes the best!
Special thanks: Walt Disney World® Resort, Give Kids the World and wish-granting volunteers Cortney Bacon and Janine Lee.