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Emily goes to the Walt Disney World® Resort

Emily visits <em>Walt Disney World®</em> Resort

“ Her family sees the difference: Her wish has already changed her life, and they haven’t even packed their bags. ”

Emily’s wish turns back the clock even before she meets her wish granters. She becomes the child she used to be – before her leukemia diagnosis, before chemotherapy.

Her vibrant personality returns. It emerges for the first time in months the day Make-A-Wish® volunteers visit her for the first time. She dresses in her princess gown and tops it off with a crown. It’s a message to her wish granters that she already knows her one true wiEmily has fun at The Magic Kingdomsh: to go to Walt Disney World® Resort.

As Emily waits for her wish, her family sees less of the listless, defeated version of Emily, the one who often stared at the television, her face expressionless. The effects of treatment left her strength depleted, her spirits low. Every day that passes, though, is a day closer to The Magic Kingdom. Her family sees the difference: Her wish has already changed her life, and they haven’t even packed their bags.

“From the moment Emily met her wish granters, she was full of excitement,” says Linda, Emily’s grandmother.

Throughout their stay, Emily meets all of her favorite characters. She never has to stand in line for a ride. Emily has the time of her life, but each day meant just as much to Linda. For her, it was a respite from months of worry and uncertainty.

More than a year later, Emily is finished with her treatments and her prognosis is good. And  Make-A-Wish is still part of her life, inviting her to participate in events and to drop by any time she likes.

Thanks to Disney’s support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, wish families enjoy tickets to Walt Disney World, special visits from Disney characters and many other magical surprises.

Truly, the Make-A-Wish Foundation helped us all reclaim our lives before Emily was diagnosed, even if it was for a week – a week which we all needed desperately. ”

— Emily's grandmother

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im so glad you got your wish , you are a very beuyful little girl and i hope you are much better now :) you remind me of my daughter she is 2 and shes going to Give Kids the World in 2 weeks she has a blood disorder but she doing much better now to well any way im glad you had fun on your wish trip

February 27, 2009 - 4:41 PM


Hey Emily, Your'e as cute as a button and a real PRINCESS! I'm so happy that your'e doing well. God bless you princess! Love always, Christina Miss New Jersey International, 2009

April 27, 2009 - 8:33 AM


as a fellow wish mother, i just wanted to say that i am glad that emily got her wish granted and that she lived worry free for at least one week in her short life.

May 27, 2010 - 6:03 PM


It's hard to believe this was me, my wish was to dance with Cinderella at Disney world and it came true, i am so happy to see another little princess' dream come true(:

March 05, 2014 - 4:06 PM


Emily, I just read your story, and let me tell you, you are an inspiration. You brought me to tears. I am planning on donating and making a difference in people's lives because of you. You truly touched me, and I am so glad you received your wish - you deserved it.

May 04, 2014 - 7:14 PM


I think Make-A-Wish Foundation is by far the best foundation ever. I believe children deserve to dream and to know that Make-A-Wish makes those dreams come true is a wonderful thing for both side the caregiver and the little patient. I thank you for all the lives you change. !!!!

November 13, 2014 - 9:15 AM


I love this story, my son has a rare form of liver disease and his social worker just summited his name to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the second she told us we already knew what his wish was we've had this conversation a million times about if we had the money where's the one place we would go and all of us always agreed WALT DISNEY WORLD we love to sit on the computer and just watch videos of it and just sit back and dream of being there so with just thinking it might actually happen has had me in tears I truly pray his dream comes true because I can not wait to see the look on his little face the day we actually walk into Disney world. I hope you enjoyed every moment of that week you children that have these horrible diseases truly deserve to forget it for a week and feel like you are the most important person in the world, Make-A-Wish Foundation is truly amazing.

July 16, 2015 - 6:16 PM

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