Callie, age 4 with Wilms Tumor wished to meet her favorite princesses, Anna and Elsa, from the Disney® movie Frozen. Her wish came true in March and not only did Callie and her sister meet Anna and Elsa in Walt Disney World®, Florida, they had a private visit with plenty of time to dance, sing and laugh together.
“Our girls blossomed. We enjoyed all of the magic at the happiest place on earth – exploring the Magic Kingdom, Epcot and SeaWorld.
We spent a week at Give Kids the World Village (GKTW) where ice cream for breakfast, endless rides on the carousel and bedtime tuck-ins from the Village mascot (Miss Mary) were experiences the girls hadn’t even thought to dream of, but now can’t stop talking about.
This trip was truly magical for our family. It was an escape from the realities of cancer and financial stress, and a chance to just be normal. Although we will hold our breath through many more scans in the future, we hope that our daughters never have to understand the word relapse. We will strive to live in the present and take time to laugh, appreciate life and pay it forward. This trip helped all of us to do that.
We have been so scared to take Callie’s training wheels off of her bike, and so has she. She is still breakable in our minds, and she always will be. But as soon as we got home, we took them off. Callie was very hesitant, but was finally willing to try. It didn’t take long before she told us to let go, and rode away without looking back. It was so symbolic of the release of stress and the newfound confidence made possible by our Make-A-Wish trip.
Thank you so very, very much for blessing our family with this once-in-a-lifetime trip. We will cherish the memories forever.”
– The Howell Family
Thanks go to SPFK (Slo-Pitch for Kids) for adopting Callie’s Wish!