Courage. That’s the word that comes to mind when you talk to wish kid Miguel. This soft-spoken 17-year-old has had a blood disorder his whole life. That has not stopped his determination to become a hematologist someday and help other people with his condition.
Kids like Miguel need a wish to give them strength.
What Miguel might not tell you at first is how hard it can be to muster up his courage and hope and perseverance on certain days. He’s had too many hospitalizations to count, and he lives a few hours away from the nearest hospital that can treat his blood disorder.
For Miguel and his family, travel has always been about urgent hospital visits, and never about vacation.
That’s where your support came in!
When he found out he qualified for a wish, Miguel knew he wanted to go on a first-ever family vacation to Hawaii. He wanted to experience the ocean and visit Pearl Harbor.
It was life-affirming. It was inspiring. And, in Miguel’s own words, the wish provided a “moment of realization.”
For the first time in his life, Miguel was able to enjoy a trip to the destination of his dreams. He said, “If I weren’t to be born with the disease I have, I wouldn’t be able to enjoy a family vacation. It gave me such a different perspective.”
Miguel experienced the ocean for the first time and had the chance to explore the island and visit Pearl Harbor. In his words, the wish allowed him to “see and meet such a beautiful island!”
Wishes matter. Research shows wishes have proven physical and emotional benefits that can give children with critical illnesses a higher chance of survival.
After Miguel experienced this transformative experience, he was eager to share the experience with others.
That’s why Miguel is passionate about making sure other kids are able to experience a wish come true. Right now, we have enough children waiting for their wishes to fill more than seven school buses. Those children are waiting because we don’t have enough volunteers or money to support their wishes. Can you help by becoming a volunteer or donating cash or airline miles?
Special Thanks: Make-A-Wish Hawaii, Atlantis Adventures, Chief’s Luau, Enterprise Holdings, Leis of Hawaii, Pacific Historic Parks, Sheraton Waikiki, the Meyer Family, wish-granting volunteers Laurie Dawson and Enrique Hernandez.