When Briggs was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in May 2017, his body was shocked by all the chemotherapy and steroids he had to endure. He wasn’t able to play sports or participate in activities due to his low energy levels from chemo, so thinking about his wish gave him something to look forward to, where he could visualize himself feeling good again.
“I knew I wanted to travel somewhere for my wish and I watched YouTube videos of people who went to the Bahamas,” said Briggs, who was referred for a wish one year into his treatment. “I picked to go on a Disney Cruise because I wanted to experience what it’s like being on the ship and go to Atlantis resort.”
On the day of the wish reveal, Briggs’ wish granters brought him a Mickey Mouse cake to send him off in style!
“I was excited to tell the kids at school because they know me as the kid with cancer,” said Briggs. “They ask a lot of personal questions because they don’t understand my condition, and my wish gave me something positive to share with them that, for the first time, I actually wanted to talk about.”
Briggs traveled to the Bahamas with his parents and his cousin and he loved swimming in the pool, enjoying free ice cream, and meeting Disney characters like Stitch aboard the ship. He also enjoyed fun excursion days where he could embrace his sense of adventure.
“My favorite part was the water slide at the Atlantis water park! You go underwater in the tube and there are live sharks swimming around you!” Briggs said.
“Everyone involved with the wish did so much to make Briggs feel special. We don't usually have to opportunity to travel and do fun things like this, so his wish was extra exciting for him,” Mara said.
Every night there was a surprise waiting for Briggs in his room, ranging from chocolate-covered strawberries to a photo of himself with Mickey Mouse. He kept the key to his room as a souvenir, which now hangs in a picture frame given to him by his wish granters.
“Briggs’ wish gave him joy, and something to talk about with the doctors and nurses after he’s returned. He still has another year of treatment left, but things have gotten easier as he’s transitioned into maintenance chemo,” Mara said.