From Abby’s Mom:
“During the tough times of Abby’s 2.5 year leukemia treatment, she always got a boost from thinking, dreaming and talking about her Make-A-Wish trip to come. She kept delaying the wish, because, as she said, ‘If I do it, then I won’t get to dream about it anymore!’ The dream sustained her when she was scared, hurting and miserable.
Since she found out she was eligible, Abby always wanted to go ‘to a place where I can see a lot of wild animals in the wild’. She finally decided on Belize after an acquaintance told her that not only was there protected jungle and reefs, but also Mayan ruins and tubing through caves!
Abby’s and my favorite day was the horseback ride to the Flour Camp Cave. For three hours, a guide led us through forests and orange groves to a huge cave littered with ancient Mayan pottery. After exploring the cave, we rode another hour to the river, where we had a picnic lunch and cooled off with a two-hour river float.
Every single day in Belize was educational, fun, exciting and relaxing all at the same time. For me, the total lack of responsibility caused me to feel more relaxed than I’ve been in years. It feels like a fairy tale closure to all the years of stress, trauma, and recovery. For Abby, I’ve noticed a definite increase in both her confidence and energy for new challenges, since returning.
Throughout the years of Abby’s dreaming, a part of her dreaming was about all the people she didn’t know who were showing they cared about her. She mentioned frequently that it meant a lot to her to know this. So, it was great for her to get to briefly meet some of them on that great send-off, and also to have such great wish granters. Thanks to everybody who made this happen. It was truly an amazing and healing trip.”
Make-A-Wish Thanks: Wish Maker United Health Care, Wish Granters Connie Bilodeau and Christen Stewart, Jokers, Northeast Limo, Gayle Hichborn, Way2Go Costa Rica, and Doubletree by Hilton