“I don’t want to tell anybody. Tell your parents, tell your sister. Nobody else.”
My wife had been adamant from the moment we had heard from the Make-A-Wish Foundation that our application had been approved and Sereen was going to get a wish granted. The Oncologist had encouraged us to do it very early on in Sereen’s chemotherapy regiment. “These wishes are not just for the terminal patients. Reward Sereen. Reward your family. They bring out all the stops. It is something your family will never forget” he told us.
When your three year old has just been diagnosed with cancer, the notion of getting an all expense paid trip to Disney World (45% of the wishes requested at Make-A-Wish are exactly that) reeks of presumption. We still had six months of chemotherapy to overcome.
Come to me when this is all done and I will consider it. Don’t you know I would give the money of 10 five star Disney excursions from my own money if somebody would guarantee to me that Sereen was going to be make it through this?
It had to be month two when the idea began to take root with us,the change of heart probably due to nothing more than time allowing the initial shock to subside. I filled out the online application. Shortly thereafter we were informed that our application was under consideration and that they would be performing their due diligence by contacting the clinic and our doctors. Then another more detailed application, a visit by local volunteers, and finally the acceptance. Sereen was getting a wish.
One year ago, we were one day away from a family vacation to Florida when we were told by doctor friends that we had no choice but to admit Sereen to the hospital for tests. Whatever it was that was growing in her right abdominal area, it was serious. My father in law said it best when he told us to hope for “the best bad outcome”. The Florida trip had to be canceled.
Exactly one year to that day, my family again prepares for a trip to Florida. My daughter is six months removed from her last chemo. No signs of cancer. The place we are staying at is called “Give Kids the World”, a resort dedicated to making the wishes of kids who have faced life threatening medical conditions come true.
I am glad I listened.
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- edawson said: This makes me so happy to read. My son just passed away from stage 4 brain cancer, he was in the process of having his wish granted for a special train ride somewhere. Have fun on your trip to Florida!
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