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Celebrating the End of Treatment

  • Addison was ready for takeoff! She couldn’t wait to begin her adventure.

  • Addison loved hanging out with her new friend, Mickey!

Addison’s wish was just what she and her family needed to mark the end of a difficult road and push forward into their happily ever after.

After a long road of doctor appointments and treatments, a wish can serve as a light for the families of kids with critical illnesses. Addison and her family experienced this first-hand when they celebrated the end of her treatment on her wish to go on a Disney cruise!

A LONG ROAD AHEAD

In 2015, Addison’s mom took her to the doctor for what they thought was a virus. The doctor sent them home to watch her fever and encouraged them to come back if she wasn’t better in a few days. Her high fever continued over the next few days, and then bruises suddenly began appearing on Addison’s body.

After a follow-up visit, Addison and her mom were immediately sent to the emergency room for testing, where Addison was diagnosed with leukemia. Addison was in treatment for two and a half long years. She was over the moon when it came time to remove her port in April 2018.

THIS CALLS FOR A CELEBRATION

Addison’s wish was to meet the Disney princesses on a “big boat,” which grownups refer to as a Disney cruise! Medically, it wasn’t safe for her to go until treatment was over, so when she finally set sail aboard the Disney Dream, it was a celebration to remember.

Addison loved doing crafts and fun activities in the kids' club, and she had a blast going on the AquaDuck waterslide with her dad. She enjoyed every moment from the shows on the ship to riding bikes around Nassau. She even got her hair braided in Castaway Cay and got to swim in the ocean, while Christmas music was playing on the beach.

Out of all the fun activities that Addison enjoyed, the highlight for her favorite part was meeting the characters and collecting their prized signatures. Mickey and Minnie were her favorites, and the time she got to spend with them was priceless. Addison’s wish was just what she and her family needed to mark the end of a difficult road and push forward into their happily ever after.

Medically, it wasn’t safe for her to go until treatment was over, so when she finally set sail aboard the Disney Dream, it was a celebration to remember. ”

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