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Lindsey Tours Paris

Lindsey goes to Paris

“ Paris is a celebration, but also a life lesson … to believe, to act, to reach for everything she wants in life. ”

Living with Chiari malformation makes Lindsey feel like she has a never-ending migraine. Though pain is part of her life, there’s so much more to her – determination, spirit, lofty aspirations.

One of her ambitions comes true as she stands under the Eiffel Tower’s shadow. Ever since her mother painted the landmark on Lindsey’s bedroom wall, she’s wanted to see it in-person. Her wish to go to Paris has come true. She starts under the tower and continues with strolls along the Seine, at the Louvre, in bakeries lining the streets.

Lindsey’s guide to Paris helps her navigate the subway and brings to life the history of one of the world’s great cities. She finds the best places to shop, collects mementoes and just basks in the joy of her wish come true.

Chiari malformation has filled Lindsey’s life with challenges: three brain surgeries, 100 days or more away from the classroom every year and the strain her condition places on her entire family. But she’s coped with it all. Paris is a celebration, but also a life lesson … to believe, to act, to reach for everything she wants in life.

As she experiences Paris, Lindsey looks forward to her future. She’ll always live with her condition and her challenges. But now, they can’t hold her back. Not from college, not from becoming a doctor one day, not from anything.

Monograms Travel® planned and donated Lindsey’s trip to Paris. Since 2009, Monograms Travel has donated $150,000 worth of travel vouchers to grant international travel wishes. Local support and guidance arranged through Monograms allows wish kids and their families to enjoy seamless, worry-free trips abroad.

Visit the Monograms Travel website for additional information about their continued support for the Foundation.

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Lindsey: I am a mom of a 3 year old daughter who was recently diagnosed with Chiari Malformation and Syringomyelia. She was diagnosed late March/early April of this year; at the time she was 2. She has suffered most of her life and we had no idea why. She had surgery (suboccipital craniectomy and C1 laminectomy) on June 11th just 2 1/2 weeks before her 3rd birthday. As a mom I was relieved that we finally knew what was wrong with her; but each day I give up hope that she will be "normal." I know this will never happen. I just wanted to say that your story brought tears to my eyes. I will pray for you and your future. I am so glad that you were able to go to Paris and have your wish comes true. May God bless you now and forever.

July 15, 2012 - 11:50 AM

Taylor B.

i want to make thease kids wishes come true.

May 11, 2013 - 10:14 AM


Lindsey, I'm so glad you got your wish :)
It brings a smile to my face to know you had a lot of fun over there!

May 30, 2013 - 5:34 PM


Hi, Lindsey.
So glad you got your wish. I think its wonderful that there are wish programs out here that do this.
My son is 5, and he had his first decompression surgery at age 2. I know what a struggle suffering from Chiari & other conditions can put on people.
Once again so happy for you and your family.

March 22, 2014 - 2:22 PM

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