Braxton and his family first heard about Make-A-Wish Arizona 15 years ago when his older sibling qualified for a wish. He, like his brother, deals with a genetic condition so when he was told he was referred for a wish, he started thinking of what he could do with his entire family.
“Braxton has always loved Disney so he knew he would wish to do something Disney related but he didn’t want the rides and things due to his condition,” said Shelle, Braxton’s mother. Soon he decided, he wished to go to the Disney Aulani resort in Hawaii.
Braxton’s volunteers really went all out to make sure his experience was exciting from beginning to end.
“We felt excited at the thought of his wish being granted,” Shelle said. “The reveal party was at the restaurant, Roadhouse. His favorite cookie shop made him cookies. The room was decorated in Disney and The Lion King theme.”
Braxton and his mom said the volunteers were one of the great additions of the experience.
“They were like family; they answered all of our questions and went above and beyond to make the experience easy and enjoyable for us,” said Shelle. “They were all so kind and helped calm my nerves. They made the trip even better.”
Speaking of the trip, Braxton’s favorite part of his wish was, “Snorkeling and meeting Mickey Mouse and Stitch, which was the best,” he said.
Braxton and his family did several fun things while they were on his wish trip.
“We spent one whole day in the ocean, paddle boarded, played on the beach, the kids went to a small water park and got to play on the waterslides,” Shelle said. “The whole experience was better than we could have imagined.”
Shelle’s favorite part was something no one could plan.
“Getting away from the constant hospital visits and getting to re-connect as a family was amazing. We hadn’t felt that relaxed and happy in a long time,” she said.
Braxton’s wish has affected him in a positive way.
“We still talk about the wish all the time and the boys still dress up in the clothes we got from the trip. Braxton has been happier, and we feel more connected as a family now,” Shelle said.