Anna is an active 17-year-old girl who lives in Little Chute. She loves to play sports, particularly skiing, tubing and basketball. Her favorite color is orange and her favorite movie is Soul Surfer. Anna was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma, a cancer that attacks your immune system and compromises the body’s ability to fight infection. Anna received high doses of chemotherapy and radiation to treat the cancer. Through all of the doctor visits and chemotherapy appointments, Anna focused not on the current difficulties and pain, but the idea and hope of regaining a healthy and active lifestyle.
Anna’s one true wish was to travel to Hawaii and thanks to your incredible support we were recently able to make her wish come true! She chose to go to Hawaii because it has been her dream to travel to Hawaii to see the beautiful island, the ocean and experience all the incredible outdoor activities that are available.
Anna’s wish was an exciting vacation filled with so many new experiences. Her trip began with a relaxing limousine ride to the airport. Upon their arrival in Hawaii, Anna and her family each received a beautiful fresh flower lei, a symbol of welcome and love in Hawaii, and a warm “aloha.” Anna and her family spent a full week in Oahu at Disney’s famous Aulani Resort & Spa.
Anna and her family were treated like royalty from start to finish! They had a fantastic time splashing about Aulani’s waterpark and even enjoyed the use of a private cabana one of the days. They spent a great deal of time at Aunty’s Beach House enjoying the movie/game room, creating Hawaiian arts and crafts and listening to interactive storytelling. Anna went snorkeling and got to see incredible sea creatures and underwater life in the beautiful crystal clear water. She also enjoyed a once-in-a-lifetime dolphin encounter experience. The entire family raved about the delicious, authentic Hawaiian cuisine.
Anna’s experience was filled with so many thrilling activities – she didn’t waste a minute of her wish! It was such a great week for her family to spend together away from the frequent and hospital visits and chemo treatments. Anna and her family created lasting, wonderful memories and were able to form deeper family bonds while in Hawaii; thanks to the power of a wish come true. Thank you!