When six-year-old wish kid Alexis was diagnosed with leukemia three years ago, her family imagined that she would battle it and prevail.
But, they didn’t think her journey with cancer would impact so many other lives.
Although she was just three-years-old, Alexis was touched after watching a Charlie Brown episode in which his friend gets leukemia and she knew she wanted to do something to help others suffering with cancer. She wanted other kids to know that they weren’t alone in their fight and to give them hope for healing. And, she wanted to raise awareness about pediatric cancer.
So, how does a preschooler to that? By having her own story translated into an animated short for the silver screen.
There were months of planning meetings, hours in the animation and voiceover studios, appointments to get outfitted for the world premiere, and many other magical moments that punctuated her journey with cancer with excitement rather than fear. That’s Make-A-Wish at its best.
"This wish has definitely helped Alexis throughout her treatment," said her mom and dad, Angela and John. "No matter how difficult the treatment gets, whenever we talk to Alexis about her wish coming true, it always brings a smile."
That smile didn't fade on the day of the premiere, Alexis pulled up to the Cinerama to throngs of fans shouting her name from the side of the red carpet. “Prince Charming” was there to escort her into the theater. After some more pomp and circumstance, the lights dimmed and her vision stole the show as the big screen came alive with her animated story.
"The wish has definitely been worth the long wait," said Angela and John. "Though we knew exactly what Alexis wished for, we were truly surprised at the unveiling."
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Catch the full journey of Alexis's wish here:
Special thanks to wish-granting volunteers Monica Shih and Jamie Ruppert, World Famous, Cinerama, Seattle Sounders FC, Gary Manuel Salon, Revolution Marketing, Jamie Chung, Bayview Limousines, Macy’s, Seattle Children’s Theater, Tri-Film, Ronald Yeh Photography, Warwick Hotel, Pederson’s Rentals and Ramona Wood.