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Sophia's most heartfelt wish was to go on a Disney cruise!

Sophia and her family Photos courtesy of Sophia's family

“ The wish brought our family closer; it was perfect! ”

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The Wish House staff first met eleven-year-old Sophia of Orange county in August. Sophia and her family were given a tour of the Wish House and of our Wall of Wishes. We explained to Sophia that her star would be added to the Wall of Wishes once she returned from her Disney cruise wish - she smiled, nodded and said she would be back to see it - what a way to start her wish of a lifetime!

One of the many highlights of Sophia's wish was getting a princess makeover by Carrie-Ann, her fairy god-mother in training. They spent time talking and getting to know each other during the makeover. Her fairy god-mother even helped organize a private meet & greet with Sophia's favorite princess-Tiana! According to mom; 

Princess Tiana was so sweet and attentive with Sophia. She chatted with her and walked around the Disney cruise ship with her full attention on Sophia. Sophia was so excited she was absolutely glowing!

Sophia's wish was full of many surprises, mom shared that; 

The wish was wonderful because it afforded Sophia the opportunity to look forward to something positive, each day held a different wonder and surprise. She loved the shows and especially keeping track of getting the autographs and taking pictures with all her favorite characters. In the room was a different treat just for her...chocolate covered strawberries, a fruit basket, mini desserts all with a letter addressed to her with the fun things awaiting her for the next day.

The family also shared how much the wish experience truly impacted their lives;

The wish experience has definitely brought our family closer, we laughed more than we have in the past 2 years since Sophia's diagnosis and enjoyed going to the shows and dining together every evening and sharing about the new adventures of our day. The wish was perfect!

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