For 10-year-old Sophia, visiting her favorite theme park was more than just a vacation. It was a chance to escape her sickness and enjoy life as a kid again. With your generosity, you helped give Sophia her childhood back.
In early 2014, what seemed to be just a series of seasonal colds was in fact something much more daunting for Sophia: acute lymphoblastic leukemia. For the next nine months, Sophia’s family spent much of their time in and out of hospital rooms.
When Sophia found out she was able to make a wish, there was no better option that would bring back smiles, laughter and joy than visiting her favorite theme park.
“She had never been to the theme park so it was the perfect opportunity,” said wish mom, Christine. “And because Sophia is always thinking of others, she thought her older sister would really enjoy it too.”
Sophia began planning right away. She dreamed about the moment she would arrive at the park.
“The thought of the trip really got us through the harsh Alaska winter,” said Christine. “When it was really dark outside, we had something bright to look forward to.”
Once Sophia reached her maintenance period of treatment, she was finally able to take the trip of her dreams. In Florida, Sophia met her favorite princesses, rode roller coasters and played lots of games. Sophia’s playful nature had returned; she was back to herself again.
Sophia’s family looks back at the trip with gratitude. Thanks to the generosity of our community, Sophia and her family experienced something joyful in a time they needed it the most.
“With Make-A-Wish, the wishes they grant are magical for the kids,” said Christine. “For children, dreams and wishes make a huge difference in their lives.”
Sophia and her family hope to keep the power of a wish alive by supporting Make-A-Wish. They plan to join the volunteer community and recently held a garage sale in which some of the proceeds were donated to the Alaska and Washington Chapter.
You, too, can bring wishes to children like Sophia by adopting a wish.
Special thanks to wish-granting volunteers Brittany Francis and Jay D. Francis.