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Bizzy's Mediterranean Cruise

Bizzy by the limo

“ It was a HUGE motivator to get better and not to give up. ”

- Bizzy

Bizzy’s days of adventure are over for now. The beginning of a new school year is days away. She readjusts to life back home in Kentucky … and life without non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

The memories of her Mediterranean cruise will never be more vivid, so Bizzy captures them in a letter to Make-A-Wish®. She writes a story infused with gratitude, humor and wonder. She leaves nothing out about the people she met and all the historic sites she visited. Each port of call, from the Colosseum in Rome to the Parthenon in Athens, brought her seventh-grade social studies lessons to life.

But there’s something Bizzy wants everyone to know: The Make-A-Wish experience made a profound change in her life long before she set sail. The transformation started when she received news that her wish to go on a Mediterranean cruise would come true. She is convinced it helped her recovery from non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

“When I first found out, I was about to go into surgery and get my port. This really took some of the pressure off of my first big surgery,” Bizzy writes. “It was a HUGE motivator to get better and not to give up and I will never be able to thank you or repay you … I could not have had better encouragement or a more magnificent trip. All there is left to say is don’t ever stop granting kids’ wishes because you make a huge difference with children and families facing life-threatening illnesses.”

Make-A-Wish, I just want to say without you, my recovery would have been very different. ”

— Bizzy

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Julie H.

Glad to see you got your wish! My son Adam is now in the planning stages for his wish now that he has had his port removed. He was treated in Cincinnati. In the early days of his battle with non Hodgkin lymphoma (diagnosed May 2011) there was a beautiful little girl in a room up the hall from him. This little girl was so full of life and energy although she was also battling cancer. We watched her playing jokes on the nurses, laughing and just being a kid. She gave us hope that Adams days would get better. Adam had some dark depressing days in the beginning. This beautiful amazing girl would look into his door window and make faces to try to get him to smile. We looked forward to seeing this girl in the hallway. She was always smiling. She had an amazing attitude. This girl would be about your age. The nurses called this amazing child BIZZY. I was just wondering if this is you and to thank you if it was. We never spoke but you gave us hope. God bless you.

June 18, 2013 - 8:08 PM

Madison S

Yes, that in fact is the Bizzy that was at Cincinnati Childrens. She did have an amazing attitude about treatment and her stay. Thank you for writting. Hope all is well and you enjoy your WISH!!!

October 12, 2013 - 12:03 PM


It was so amazing to get to meet you, HUG you, this past weekend in Lexington. I meant what I said, you've helped give me strength to face my new battle. Watching your amazing attitude, spirit and zest for life during a very trying time showed me exactly the young woman that you are...meeting you was such an honor :)
Until we talk again,
Shay :) xo

October 29, 2013 - 12:37 PM

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