Jayvian always wished to be on a big boat. He’d take trips on the Staten Island ferry and around New York City and dream of the day he could set foot on a large ship.
Jayvian was diagnosed with epilepsy at age four and has struggled with aches and severe headaches.
He spent many days of his childhood in and out of the hospital.
After two difficult years, he received a light at the end of the tunnel - a wish. He wished to set sail on a Disney Cruise Line Vacation and finally see the kind of ship he’d always imagined. His eyes lit up and his smile beamed as he walked onto the ship, knowing it was finally real.
“We all cried happy tears when they announced our family as we entered the ship,” said his mom, Josie.
The family sailed for a week, traveling throughout the Bahamas and to Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island. He’d wake up smiling every single day of the trip, exciting to see what was in store for the day.
He played pretend, dressing up as a knight for a day, and shot down water slides. They watched fireworks in the evening, and reveled in having family time at the dinner table every single night.
On the final day of his trip, he proudly wore his Make-A-Wish pin as he got to have a private meeting with Mickey Mouse himself.
“The wish helped him open up and helped our family in a moment when it was most needed,” Josie said. “It was a dream come true for him to experience this and go through peacefulness instead of pain.”
The wish took the stress and severity of his illness off the family’s mind and allowed them to just have family time. Jayvian got to be a kid, not a kid with epilepsy. It was everything a kid could imagine, a dream come true.
Jayvian has been reliving his wish in his mind every day since he got back. He talks about it constantly, reflecting with his family.
“We’re just so grateful,” Josie said. “We would do it all over again if we could. It truly touched our hearts.”