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Wish Alumni, Johanna, In 2007, my wish was granted to go to Disney World with my family. It was an experience filled with fun, laughter and joy. Make-A-Wish and my family worked hard to coordinate the trip so that my older brother who is a Marine, could also be a part of my wish experience while he was home for a few days on leave.

A few years have passed since my wish was granted and even today when I look at pictures, I am overcome with emotions of joy and happiness.  The days we spent together were just unbelievable and magical. There are truly no words to describe all the emotions that this “magical experience” brought to me and my family. 

Today I attend Mercy College, with aspirations of becoming a Social Worker. I also was married on November 6, 2010 to John Tabares-Durango, who with his support and my family, there is no day that goes by that I don’t thank God for another day of life.

I am an active member in the Make-A-Wish Alumni Committee of the Hudson Valley and have participated in various activities throughout the year, including the Wish Ball, Walk for Wishes and Donor Dinner.

  • Johanna with her family at Universal Studios

  • Johanna enjoying the sights while on her wish

  • Wish Alumni, Johanna meeting Mickey & Minnie

  • Johanna with her family at Epcot

My wish was an experience filled with fun, laughter and joy. ”

— Wish Alumni, Johanna, "I wish to go to Disney World"

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