9 year old Bronwyn’s Wish was to hold a Panda Bear in China.
Originally from Nanchang, China (now living in Salmon Arm, B.C.) this wish turned into something much more for Bronwyn and her family.
“We can’t thank you enough for the wonderful trip we had! And it was SO good for Bronwyn. Even though Bronwyn’s cancer is in remission and she responded well to treatment, the disease has had its terrible impact on my little girl. Through many long nights when she couldn’t sleep, or when fears would keep her awake, she would ask me to help her think of something else. And often we would talk together in the night, about holding baby panda, and we would think about pandas at play.
Well, now she has had a chance to actually see a baby panda, to sit next to it, to cuddle it, and to watch it eat its bamboo. What a precious gift! A once-in-a-lifetime memory!
In Nanchang we were able to visit the orphanage Bronwyn was adopted from, and most importantly, we were able to make contact with the foster family that raised her for the first year of her life. She was even able to visit the house she lived in over there. All of these are so important to her to give her a sense of personal history and belonging. This is so valuable to her as she deals with questions about being adopted.
I know the cancer has seriously affected her in many ways, but having a strong sense of belonging will help her face her future with confidence. At one point as we were driving along, I noticed Bronwyn looking out the window, and I asked her if she was OK. Her response to me summed up the whole trip. She said, “I’m just watching everything, and sweeping it all into my heart, so I can remember everything later on.” I thought that was just beautiful!
Thank you for such a precious gift that you gave to our little girl. We are so extremely grateful, and can never express our feeling in mere words. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! Xie Xie.” - Susan, Bronwyn’s Mom.
A very special thank you to SPFK for adopting Bronwyn’s Wish.