At first, Sasha’s mother hesitated to contact Make-A-Wish about Sasha’s life-threatening medical condition, unsure and not fully understanding the very gift the organization thrives on giving. But after hearing a close friend relay his own extraordinary experience, she decided to move forward in sharing Sasha’s story.
That brave outreach resulted in Sasha’s most notable birthday wish coming true -- she had the pleasure of meeting Anna and Elsa of Frozen fame at Walt Disney World in Orlando the very same day she turned nine years old!
“She had a great time,” said Sasha’s mom Jessica. “She kept telling me ‘this is the best day ever’ and cried when we left.”
Like most kids, food can be a bit of a tricky subject for Sasha, who has very specific requests. Make-A-Wish pulled out all the stops to accommodate her needs, starting with her wish unveiling going away party at McDonald’s, where the French Fries are her ”guilty pleasure”. All of Sasha’s friends and family attended and the franchise owner even participated, giving her a gift as well. “It was a really special send-off,” said Jessica.
While at Disney, Sasha took the Halloween parade and countless rides to fill her hearts content. But this was not a one-day stop...Sasha and her family were treated to a six-day tour that included local attractions like Sea World where she pet a dolphin, and Gatorlan where she courageously sat atop a gator --- and actually found that to be far less frightening than her Harry Potter ride experience at Universal Studios!
The family was overjoyed to also share this get away with Sasha’s big brother and grandfather – a multi-generational vacation of this magnitude is not something they’d been able to experience previously.
And to top it all off, while she was in Orlando, Make-A-Wish arranged for Sasha to have her favorite food, grilled cheese, prepared and delivered to her specifications so she continued to feel especially cared for throughout the trip.
Now that Sasha’s wish has been granted, her mom Jessica has some advice for others who may be reluctant about reaching out to Make-A-Wish...
“Go all for it!” she said. “You connect with great families in a great place, a comforting place.”
Story by Debbie Venech