, who is diagnosed with lymphoid leukemia, loves physical activity and having fun, especially if it’s fun in the sun! Combine that with a family reunion and that’s why Benjamin chose a trip to Walt Disney World®
Resort in Florida as his most heartfelt wish. Benjamin knew that his aunt and cousins lived in Orlando and he was very excited for the opportunity to spend a week with his favorite family members.
Thanks to Make-A-Wish®, Benjamin traveled to Florida in the company of his parents and two brothers. Before the trip even began, he told his mother that he was looking to have “the time of his life”. Benjamin says he loved visiting the SeaWorld water park where he was able to splash around on the slides and cool off in the refreshing pools. It wasn’t just the water rides that provided him much joy and many smiles. Benjamin says that he was able to enjoy the main attractions, including the NASCAR racing ride, and even better, he never had to wait in line!
Benjamin says his wish experience made him feel “cheeky happy”. His family agrees that it was wonderful to have this time together and to witness the pure joy he felt each and every day. Visiting his aunt and cousins was the icing on the cake and a highlight that made Benjamin’s wish experience complete.
Mother, Jennifer says that her son’s spirits and energy were greatly lifted because his wish gave him the opportunity to experience moments he may not normally have the opportunity to participate in. Jennifer reports that his happiness lasted well after his wish was over, and she made note that Benjamin is still smiling over the memories from his trip. Benjamin says that he will be forever grateful to Make-A-Wish for granting his one special wish!
Wish-granting volunteers: Edward Shedesky & Kellie Grant
Wish story writer: Lois Schein