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A Trip to Italy Helps Brian Heal

Brian goes to Italy

“ ... it gave him and his family a goal to work towards – recovery ”

Standing in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, Brian looks around in amazement. "I can't believe I'm here. I can't believe I'm really seeing this for myself.”

Brian goes to ItalyNothing compares to seeing it with your own eyes. No matter how much you study a place in History class, it is 100 times better when you’re there – Brian can guarantee that. 

Facing the Unknown …

Newly diagnosed with Burkitt’s lymphoma, Brian confronted an uncertain future. But this burden wasn’t just for Brian to carry; his family stood beside him with their unwavering support. Nevertheless, there was much for them to take on – the sickness, the worry, the unknown. The only thing that was definite was the numerous rounds of chemotherapy Brian was scheduled to endure. It was a tough road ahead for them, but things started looking up when they heard about Make-A-Wish …

An Adventure of a LifetimeBrian goes to Italy

Once Brian set foot in Italy, all thoughts of ports, IV pumps, chemo and constant pain faded away – in their place was Brian’s fascination with his new surroundings. For him, every worry seemed a little farther away. The trip was a stepping stone for Brian and his family. Not only did it provide him with a chance to experience a place he always dreamed of seeing, but it gave him and his family a goal to work towards – recovery.

“I can't thank Make-A-Wish enough for providing this trip for my son and our family,” says Leslie, Brian’s mom, “it still brings tears of gratitude to my eyes.”

Monograms® Travel, which provides independent worldwide travel itineraries, planned and donated $5,000 toward Brian’s wish. Since 2009, Monograms has donated more than $250,000 worth of travel vouchers to grant the international travel wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Local support and guidance arranged through Monograms allows wish kids and their families to enjoy seamless, worry-free travel abroad.

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June 25, 2012 - 11:25 AM


Thank you again, and again, and again Make-A-Wish. Crying again just seeing this. Our trip was amazing - heading to The Jimmy Fund Clinic on Friday for a checkup. All is going well. We just hung our Christmas ornaments we bought in Italy, reminding us again what an amazing Wish you gave us. Thank you to Monograms and every contributor to Make-A-Wish. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!!!

December 17, 2013 - 9:03 AM

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