For a week she was just a child, not a child with cancer

by Katie Green, Wish Mom

Swimming with mermaidsFlying like Tinker Bell in a plane, dining with Disney Princesses, meeting a star fairy, having unlimited carousel rides, being tucked into bed by bunnies, being chosen for a magical wand, and swimming with real-life mermaids…these are only a handful of the amazing moments we had on Alayah’s wish trip.

Even now, a month later, we are still trying to convince ourselves it was all real. What Make-A-Wish did for us, and in granting all other wishes, is magical.Riding the carousel

The last 10 months have been the hardest I have ever had to face. As a mother, I have been helpless beyond hope and prayer in my baby’s fight for life. She has fought hard and is winning, but the price has been her childhood. She will win this battle, but she will never return to a carefree child.

Make-A-Wish did the impossible and gave Alayah back a piece of her childhood. For a week, she had no pokes, and she had no fear. There was a life in her, a spark that had been missing. She was able to see magic and wonderment with an innocence of childhood she has not had in many months. For one week, she was just a child, not a child with cancer.

I can never thank you enough for all that you Alayah & Elsahave done. There are no words that could ever describe the depths of our gratitude. The smiles from that week are forever in my memory and tucked away in my heart. This trip was so much more than a simple vacation. I can only describe it as magic.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, again and again. You made Alayah’s wishes come true and healed our hearts.


Katie, Mark & Alayah

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