For 5-year-old Leila, treatment sessions for her Wilm’s tumor were long and arduous. Luckily, it was also during one of those long treatment sessions that Leila heard about Make-A-Wish.
“Leila made a friend during chemo that told Leila all about her wish to go to Walt Disney World,” said Leila’s mom, Victoria. “We saw a little spark in her when she heard that story so we worked with her social worker to refer her for a wish.”
Leila had no problem deciding on what her one true wish would be – it was to visit the wonderful place her friend had talked about with enthusiasm.
“I felt so excited when I heard my wish was coming true,” said Leila. “I couldn’t wait to ride the teacups, go on the Dumbo ride and see the princesses!”
On her wish trip, Leila was able to do all that and more. And her family, for once, was able to relax and spend quality time together focusing on happy things.
“Leila’s illness took a lot from her childhood and she went through some truly awful things; it was so nice to see her smile and be excited about something,” said Victoria.
When Leila returned, she and her family had great memories to focus on – even as they continued treatments.
“I had a great time on my wish. There were a whole bunch of characters and rides, even one that felt like a train and went really fast, which was my favorite part,” said Leila.
Now, after losing Leila to her condition, her family continues to see the wish as a happy point during an awful few years.