Mikey’s wish to go on a Mediterranean cruise was both unique to him and keeping with his tradition of idolizing his older brother David.
“Both Mikey and David deal with a rare genetic condition which requires them to have a very restrictive diet,” said Sonia, their mother. “Mikey has always looked to David to lead him through the ups and downs and I think creating his wish experience wasn’t much different.”
“David wished to visit Italy so he could learn to make pizza and I think being there for his wish inspired Mikey to want to go back to that area, to relive those experiences and also make new memories as a family,” Sonia continued.
Mikey did have some ideas that would make his wish different from his brother’s, including an opportunity to see many countries and experience a cruise for the first time.
It all became real when volunteers told Mikey that his wish was coming true.
“I dropped my face into my hands and didn’t know what to say,” said Mikey. “I was shocked my wish actually was going to happen.”
“I feel like this trip opened his eyes of being able to do something he didn’t think he could do,” said Sonia. “We felt a sense of normalcy.”
During Mikey’s seven-day cruise, he attended cruise ship shows and solved puzzles in the ship’s escape room. Yet, out of all the adventurous activities the cruise ship had to offer, his favorite activities were sleeping in and eating unlimited olive oil spaghetti.
“It was amazing! I could eat as much food as I wanted,” said Mikey. “The waitress at the cruise ship restaurant remembered us and always knew what I wanted before I even ordered my food!”
Throughout his time on the ship, Mikey received exclusive access to the bridge of the ship where the captain showed him around, letting Mikey watch him anchor the ship through a window on the floor.
“No one else could see it,” said Mikey. “And I found this super weird floor with glass on it where you could see everything in the water. That was probably one of the coolest things.”
It was just like Mikey to also include a stop at their favorite pizzeria from David’s wish.
“We had such an amazing time the first time around that Mikey really wanted to go back and experience that again,” said Sonia. That day included great pizza, but also time in Pisa and Pompeii.
“Our tour guide took us all over, exploring burned down houses, a huge amphitheater, and large stepping stones along the empty streets you could walk all over,” said Mikey.
After two remarkable vacations, Sonia says that Mikey and David continue to reminisce about their trips- wishing they can go back again someday.
“I can’t explain it. Mikey’s wish opened his eyes and let him enjoy something he didn’t think he’d ever be able to experience,” said Sonia. “We’re so limited with what we can do because of his condition, but going on this cruise was life-changing for Mikey and for our family.”
“It’s like Mikey and David looked up and said, ‘I want the furthest star in the sky, I want it!’ My husband and I would tell them, ‘we can’t do that for you, there’s no way,’ but Make-A-Wish Arizona looked up and grabbed that star and gave it to them.”