When Peyton was told she qualified for a wish due to her cancer, she considered all her options.
“I thought it might be cool to meet a movie star or one of my favorite singers, but then I thought I wanted something that would be for my whole family and last a lot longer,” she said. Her final decision, a trip to Walt Disney World, had been on her list of things to do all during her treatment.
“Peyton had been going through a lot for months,” said Jake, her father. “We had noticed her putting on some weight, going through some changes, and so we took her to a doctor who recommended an MRI, where they found a tumor on her adrenal glands.”
From her diagnosis, next came surgery and then chemotherapy. Yet with all the bad, came some good. Peyton was referred to Make-A-Wish Arizona.
“I had been wanting to visit Disney World and they said they could make that my wish,” said Peyton. “I was so excited to go on all the roller coasters.”
Peyton’s family soon found out that a Disney wish was not like a typical trip to Disney. Not only did Make-A-Wish make all the arrangements, they covered all expenses too.
“We couldn’t believe how amazing the trip was planned, everything was perfect for Peyton,” said Jake. “We all had such a great time, concentrating on being a family and having fun, instead of doctors and hospitals.”
“I went on all the roller coasters, most especially Space Mountain and Splash Mountain,” said Peyton. “And I got to meet Merida, from the movie Brave. I told her that she was one of my favorites because she was adventurous and beautiful. She told me I was brave and beautiful too.”
Peyton, who loves trying new things, went on every ride, including 3D rides like Avatar and had ice cream every day at Give Kids the World.
“We went to the fireworks show and we were the first in every line,” said Peyton. “I felt super special and after I got back, I would remember Disney World whenever I was in treatment.”
Today, Peyton is doing well and believes her wish was life-changing.
“It was everything I could have wished for,” she said. “It was the best wish I could have had.”