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Looking Back on Kailee's Cruise

  • Kailee, 12, during her wish in 2005

  • Kailee talks about her Make-A-Wish experience eight years later at 21 years old.

“ They shine a light on life while you’re in the dark place. ”


- Kailee, wish child

Kailee had her wish for a cruise granted in 2005 when she was 12. Now 21, she shares her story at Make-A-Wish events and talks about the impact the experience had on her life.

Kailee of Auburn had her wish granted in 2005 and shares her story and perspective eight years later:

"At the age of 12, I was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor. While in the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital in Portland recovering from my surgery, I was visited by a Make-A-Wish Maine volunteer and was told that I was going to get a wish. 

That day was one of the best days of my life, considering what I had just gone through. From the day that I was told that I was going to have a wish, up until my final decision, I changed my wish almost a dozen times. Imagine being 12 and told that you can do anything, have anything, or meet anyone that you wanted. My final decision was to go on a Disney Cruise with my family because it was not only myself that was being affected—it was my entire family.

Being told that you are able to have a wish, you have something to look forward to. You know that everything is going to be okay even if it is just for the moment. Make-A-Wish makes you forget about everything that is happening with your medication and treatment. They shine a light on life while you’re in the dark place. 

Even eight years after my wish and now being 21 years old, I am still contacted by Make-A-Wish to attend events and it lets me know that they still care. They not only grant you a wish but they make you part of a family. They are a family that accepts you for who you are and lets you know that you’re not alone. My wish has been one of the best experiences that I have had in life and I will cherish these memories forever."


Make-A-Wish makes you forget about everything that is happening with your medication and treatment. They shine a light on life while you’re in the dark place. ”

— Kailee, wish child

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Every year, Make-A-Wish Maine uses an average of 9 million airline miles to send families on their wish trips. These miles are paid at full price and we do not receive discounts on luggage fees, in-flight meals, etc.

The cost of these 9 million miles is approximately $63,000.

Many traveling wish kids step onto the jetway because of generous donors who give miles to Make-A-Wish.

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