Kori is an energetic five-year-old that loves to ride her bike and watch Doc McStuffins. Although she is battling a critical illness, she doesn’t let it get in her way.
In 2013, Kori was diagnosed with leukemia, a type of cancer of the blood and bone marrow that affects the white blood cells. After multiple doctor visits and being bedridden, it was definitely time for her to get her break.
Kori’s wish to go to Hawaii came from watching the movie Lilo and Stitch, an animated Disney movie in a Hawaiian setting. She liked seeing everyone having fun at the beach, dancing in the long grass skirts and watching her favorite character Stitch.
After she watched the movie, her mind was set on Hawaii and soon enough Kori’s wish came true.
Kori, her parents, and her favorite cousin packed their bags to head to Hawaii and forget about Kori’s medical condition. It was time for them to relax and leave the stress behind. The family went on a Luau and encountered a dolphin named Kiku Walu.
The most amazing part out of the whole trip was when Kori got to meet a mermaid.
“She was blown away by the mermaid because she has never seen anything like that before,” said Kori’s mother. After hearing a story and singing songs with the mermaid, Kori got to see the mermaid swim.
After a week it was time for Kori and her family to return home. Her mother says that Kori’s wish provided by Make-A-Wish Georgia has really had a big impact on not only her daughter’s life but the whole family.
“I am so grateful,” said Kori’s mother. “This is something we would have never been able to do. Having her wish granted gives her something to look forward to, it keeps children pushing and going.”
Kori has been in remission since late 2015.