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Wendy curls her feet in the Hawaii sand

Wendy swims with dolphins in Hawaii

“ As she swims in the ocean, Wendy is a world away from the fear of her condition. ”

When Wendy, an ordinarily energetic child, began feeling tired and listless her parents knew something was wrong.

Her doctor confirmed their worst suspicions, leukemia. Through a course of chemotherapy and other treatments, this young girl dreamed of a tropical Hawaiian vacation to just rest on the beach.

With the help of Make-A-Wish® volunteers and sponsors, Wendy was on her way to paradise.

At a hotel near the Pacific Ocean, Wendy and her family enjoy the sights and sounds of the waves. They curl their feet in the sand and swim in the ocean - away from the fear of Wendy’s condition. This wish kid not only has time to simply draw flowers and paint sunsets, but she also has the opportunity to go whale watching, snorkeling and dancing in a Hawaiian luau.

On her return home, rejuvenated Wendy shares all the pictures she painted capturing scenes of her wonderful vacation.

A wish experience – spreading not only joy, but hope and strength to a child – is a turning point a child’s fight to overcome a life-threatening condition.

It [a wish] offers the family an opportunity to experience something extraordinary and provides wonderful memories that will last a lifetime. ”

— Dr. Kenneth DeSantes, Wendy's oncologist.

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omg!!! these are rele heart felt stories!! they go strait to my hert!!!!!!! it is awesome that u guys do this for free and the people that work for u what a joy they get i would love to do it!!!

May 04, 2009 - 7:27 AM


My daughter had the same granted wish as Wendy's and it was an inforgettable experience . We never can thank you enough for this. God bless you all.

July 06, 2009 - 4:28 PM


Hi I'm Hollie and my make a wish is coming up and wished for the same thing only I worded it like this I wish to swim with dolphins in Hawaii looks like u did too

March 29, 2010 - 10:56 AM

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