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Reese Visits the Princesses

Reese wished to see the princesses

“ The bond between brother and sister deepens giving the family strength. ”

Surrounded by princesses? It was Reese’s wish for a long, long time.

It’s a memory to replace her past 18 months of chemotherapy.

Her wish let her take her family on a wonderful trip to Florida, where Reese played on a real playground for the first time in her life.

She talks about her favorite merry-go-round ride and, of course, her dinner with the princesses.

One additional aspect from her wish remains: her connection to her older brother, Hayden. The gulf between 3- and 7-years-old was huge to them. Reese’s wish shrank the age gap, waking Hayden’s big brother-instincts during their time with one another. He took her by the hand, guiding his slightly shy sister as they met new friends who also live with life-threatening medical conditions. Together they basked in the wonders of her wish and even boarded an airplane for her first-ever flight.

Today, the bond between them deepens. Their parents see it grow daily, giving them some of the biggest smiles of their lives as they overhear the candid conversations between Reese and Hayden.

This is the endless, unexpected gift that further unites Reese and her family. It gives them the strength and optimism to meet any challenge ahead … and reminds them to savor with renewed gratitude the moments of each day.

  • Reese visits the princesses

  • Reese in her princess dress

  • Reese gives a hug

  • Reese and her stuffed animal

  • Reese gets all wrapped up

  • Reese and her dog

  • Reese and her family

  • Reese and her dad

  • Reese and her family decorate a chalkboard

  • Reese and her brother playing with toys

  • Reese poses with her brother

  • Reese gives her brother a kiss

  • Reese pats her brother's head

  • Reese showing off her sunglasses

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Nicole S

I am a brain cancer survivor and my Make-A-Wish wish was Disney. Now at 23 yrs old I love Disney and go there every chance I get. I hope you guys enjoy your trip & if you need any advice on Disney or what your daughter is going through me and my family wouldn't mind helping just e-mail me. Hope you enjoy your trip.

November 04, 2011 - 5:40 PM


I am glad you guys had a great time! :) That's one sweet the bond between her and her sweet brother :) I'm the close/best friend to a precious young man that passed away of a brain tumor almost 9 years ago, and Disney was the best day I've ever had! I have CP, so I got to go with him... and I've never seen Nate so happy! So I know your precious gifts had a blast!! :) :) XO

November 12, 2011 - 12:19 PM


I am so glad that Reese and her brother got to go meet the princess. To me, she is the princess and her brother the prince..Merry Christmas and my son is going through chemo for melanoma at 12 years old.. I pray for a miracle for him to be healed. His wish is Disney also.His little brother is 6 and we have never been to Disney.I am a single mom and it gives me hope to see your little girl and know people like the make a wish love children so much.No child fights alone..Merry Christmas...

December 24, 2011 - 6:33 AM

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June 25, 2012 - 11:25 AM


You are so precious Reese Jesus is always there for you girl,and you have an awesome guardian angel!

November 05, 2013 - 1:55 PM

Elizabeth R.

I am happy you had a fun trip. I will keep your family in my prayers.

May 03, 2015 - 1:55 AM

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