Following 54 weeks of chemotherapy and another six weeks of radiation, Kameron needed something positive to take his mind off his treatments.
It’s no wonder Kameron wished to travel to the other side of the world, to get as far away from his hospital as possible and to experience the Land Down Under with entirely different food, creatures and landscape.
“Kameron is an animal lover and he’s always been interested in learning about Australia and the different animals there,” said his mom, Debbie.
“When Kameron relapsed in the fall and his cancer come back, he thought his wish would be dismissed and wouldn’t be possible. But our volunteers stayed by our side and worked so hard to make sure his wish could happen.”
After Kameron was told he would receive his wish, plans for the many activities they could do on his trip began to replace some of the troubling thoughts about doctors and treatments.
“We spent some time researching Australia online and reading other wish kid stories to help Kameron and his brother get excited about the trip,” Debbie continued.
“I wanted to see koalas, kangaroos and go snorkeling because I heard the snorkeling there is some of the best in the world,” Kameron said.
Once they arrived, Kameron visited a wildlife habitat where he had face-to-face interactions with his favorite animals.
“I liked petting and holding the koalas because of their noses and they are fuzzy all over. I also got to feed the kangaroos and wallabies,” he said. “The kangaroos were so big and funny.”
The family not only saw Australian wildlife on land, but in the ocean as well. One of the days the family took a snorkeling trip to the Great Barrier Reef to swim with the fish.
“I saw a fish that was really big and they told me his name was Frank,” Kameron said.
On another day the family took a trip on a sky-tram over the jungle to a small town where they were able to look at art work, boomerangs and didgeridoos.
“This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. We were exploring a new country where didn’t worry about Kameron’s medical condition, and it was one of the best family times we’ve had in a long time,” Debbie said.
Since returning home, Kameron continues to go to the clinic every week for treatment, but thinking back on their happy memories in Australia has shaped the way they now plan for the future.
“Make-A-Wish inspired us as a family to take trips and have something planned because it gives us a nice break and gives all of us, including Kameron, something to look forward to,” Debbie said. “Words cannot express how grateful we are to have this opportunity for Kameron and the best part was that Kameron felt healthy the entire time we were there.”