“Trey’s wish trip was a very big deal. It meant acknowledging the progressive nature of Trey’s disease and the reason that we were even able to apply & qualify for this wish.”
Give Kids The World (GKTW) was unbelievable for so many reasons. It was obvious everyone was going all out, above and beyond to make this a trip of a life-time. From all you can eat ice cream (like 16 hours a day) to rides on the property, various swimming pools and play parks, nightly cookie delivery, daily surprise toys delivered to our home when we weren’t there, numerous food options to eat in or dine out, a fenced in protected area so our kids could be free to run around and explore, and nightly themed events. Whatever we needed, GKTW made it happen.
It was pretty unreal to be surrounded by other families whose children were sick. While hard emotionally, it was also freeing. There was no need to explain or anything, we all kind of just knew. Our eye contact was one of knowing and supporting and connection. It felt great.
Disney was awesome. To be able to go on as many rides as we wanted … it was AMAZING!!
We went on more Harry Potter rides than I can say, but Trey’s favourite part was definitely the characters. Every time we saw a new character, he would jump and beg to go see them. Fortunately, Trey thought Tinker Bell and her funny faces were hilarious, I think Mickey may have been his favourite, but the best story was when Trey saw Snow White. He was so excited, he ran and jumped on her. She wasn’t quite prepared for so much enthusiasm, Trey almost took her out, but she recovered well!
We will never forget Trey’s wish trip. Ever. Trey still talks about the characters and LOVES looking at the pictures we took – and our other two kids Avery and Sadie still talk about it regularly.
It sounds cliché, but in everything that Make-A-Wish, Give Kids The World and Disney did for us in making it so special – it really was a once in a lifetime wish.” – Deb, Trey’s Mom.
A huge thank you goes out to the SPFK “Pink Kanoes” team who have adopted Trey’s Wish!