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Aug 20, 2019

Leah’s Disney Cruise Line® wish was the light at the end of the tunnel

“For all that I’ve been through for the past two years, this couldn’t have come any sooner.”

Eleven-year-old Leah has fought hard over the past two years. Her battle with cancer was long and exhausting. But the light at the end of the tunnel was the knowledge that her wish to go on a Disney Cruise with her family would come true.

Leah sparkles with joy as she describes her wish experience. “I cannot thank you enough. It was a very fun and exciting experience that I will never forget. The memories and time spent with my family were priceless, and I will always cherish that. From the limousine, to the airport, and then from the bus to the ship, it was all and more than I could have imagined,” she said.

Before she got sick, Leah and her family used to travel a lot, but she had never been on a ship before. “That was so exciting. I never knew ships were that big! My little brother Noah and I ate so much candy and ice cream on the 11th deck that we couldn’t contain ourselves. We swam in the pool every day for at least two hours. Loved it! The shows at night were amazing, and the food and activities were spectacular,” she reported.

Going to the Bahamas and then to the private island was unforgettable. They toured parts of the island by horse carriage and ate at one of the Bahamas’ best restaurants. Leah and her brother and spent most of the day playing in the sand and snorkeling. “We saw animals under water that we’ve only seen on TV, like the stingray and sea turtle. They were so close you could almost touch them. The day was so hot, but the island was so beautiful with all the palm trees and sand, and I loved every minute of being there,” she said.  

Leah sums up her wish experience by saying, “Thinking back at all that I’ve been through with battling cancer, I am so grateful for the opportunity to have these special moments and experiences with my family. I hope to serve as an inspiration to other children like me. I wish they can all experience all the beauty that I was able to with their families. And one day tell their story of overcoming, and how awesome it feels when special people come together to do extraordinary things to make your day a brighter one.”

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