For Moises and his family, January 2019 was the start of a long medical journey after they learned that Moises had cancer.
“This was something we never would’ve imagined,” said Maria, Moises’ mother. “It was very unexpected.”
It was during a particularly hard time that the family was introduced to Make-A-Wish Arizona and the possibility that Moises would qualify for a wish. His wish, to visit Hawaii, was not unexpected.
Since Moises was a little kid, he wanted to visit Hawaii, see the volcanoes and enjoy the beautiful views Hawaii has to offer. Happily, he was able to do so when he hiked to the peak of an old volcano and enjoy a magnificent view.
“I loved going on the Diamond Head trail which was an old volcano, but once you got to the top you could see everything and it was breathtaking,” Moises said about his favorite part of his wish. He also really enjoyed going on a boat ride with his entire family and snorkel with fish.
Approximately mid-way during Moises’ treatment, his Make-A-Wish Arizona volunteer told Moises his one true wish of visiting Hawaii would be granted in December.
Moises and his family could not believe it, they thought his Make-A-Wish volunteer was only trying to make him feel better.
“I was surprised, I couldn’t believe it, especially when she told us that all of us were going,” said Maria. The family would be going together, including his parents and his little sister. In addition, his two older brothers saved money so they could also meet the family on the wish.
Moises’ wish helped him forget about his illness for a while.
“This wish experience impacted me because me and my family were sad and worried about my health, but once we got to Hawaii, all the stress and sadness went away and we had a blast. We forgot of everything and enjoyed our time,” mentioned Moises about his wish.
But according to Moises’ mom, his change in attitude began right when he found out about his wish.
“His wish was a blessing,” said Maria. “His attitude changed. He was happy, positive, it seems like his faith increased. He forgot his illness and focused on his wish. He even planned on losing weight.”
Maria believes the wish made her family closer than ever, and Moises is happier and his faith is stronger.
“What Make-A-Wish Arizona does, it’s a beautiful thing,” Maria continued. “I hope they get to see the kids’ happiness, their smiles on their face…it’s wonderful. Thank you to all of them.”