Friday, April 29, 2011

World Wish Day

Today is World Wish Day for Make-A-Wish.  The Dancing Queen is in the process of having her wish come true.

Make-A-Wish Foundation
We found out last fall that she was accepted. This January, we met with her volunteers, where she officially wished to go to Disney World so she can meeting Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, Daisy, Lightening, Sally, Mater, Buzz, and Woody. She also wished to go to Sea World because Elmo hangs out there when in Florida. Officially, the wish is to stay at Give Kids the World Village and go to various Orlando attractions.

As of two weeks ago, the Dancing Queen's wish was officially granted and is being planned. A local company adopted her wish (will pay for all of it) and there is a bike team started in her honor. They will bike 300 miles in DQ's name this summer, raising money for Make-A-Wish of Michigan.

We will go in December.  DQ and TRex are beyond excited. DQ has never had a real vacation and TRex doesn't remember the only one he has taken at 10 months old, before DQ's diagnosis. We traveled last summer, but I don't think spending half of the time in the hospital really counts, even if you stay in a hotel, ride a plane, and go to the ocean.

Make-A-Wish is an absolutely wonderful organization that has made my daughter light up more than I thought possible just from the thought of meeting Mickey and Elmo. It is a bright spot in what is normally not a lot of fun. The anticipation is amazing, so I can't imagine how exciting the actual event will be.

So, in honor of World Wish Day, I am publicly thanking Make-A-Wish, Make-A-Wish of Michigan, all of the volunteers and employees of Make-A-Wish and Make-A-Wish of Michigan, all of the generous donors, and all of the Wish Families before us. I am humbled by the outpouring of love for my family and overjoyed from seeing smiles on the faces of my babies.

I can't say enough good things about this wonderful organization. Thank you.


  1. I am so happy for you guys to hear this is becoming a reality. Seriously, tears in my eyes. How amazing!!

  2. I should have added you to my public list, Krista. Thank you for suggesting we submit DQ's name!!

  3. Thrilled to hear this, but a little bummed that it's not Disneyland and Sea World San Diego, which are both with driving distance of me!! :)

  4. I think that Disney World will be an even happier place when DQ and TRex arrive. If at all possible, go to MGM for an evening. It is a magical place with all the Christmas lights.

    I'm not ashamed to say that I've been to Disney World twelve times and Disneyland three times. Four of those times without the children. In fact, the boys had been so many times, the last few times we were in Orlando, they asked not to go--if you can imagine that!!


  5. So cool! It will be the trip of the lifetime.

  6. I am so happy for your entire family! It sounds so wonderful. I also have so much respect for the gratitude and humility you express. To take the time to offer your thanks, when you have so much else to worry about, is a sign of rich character. I hope it is magical!!

  7. That is GREAT that DQ's wish is being granted! We are still waiting to meet with our MAW team after Logan was approved for a wish. Although he still insists that he wants to stay home. Ha!

  8. That is so exciting for the kids (and yall!). YAY!


Having a child with a CHD is like being given an extra sense---the true ability to appreciate life. Each breath, each hug, each meal is a blessing when you've watched your child live off a ventilator, trapped in an ICU bed, being fed through a tube. Each minute is a miracle when you've watched your child almost die and come back to you.
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