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Travis' Perfect Christmas

Travis wished for the perfect Christmas

“ Travis wants a great holiday celebration with his family away from the fear of his brain tumor. ”

It’s the holiday season full of joyful spirits, and all five-year-old Travis wants is a perfect Christmas with his family.

Travis has a life-threatening brain tumor and just wants a great holiday celebration with his family away from the worry and fear of his condition. This is the point of a Make-A-Wish® experience – to take give hope and joy to a child dealing with challenges of treatments and test results.

Santa hears his Christmas wish and dispatches elves from Make-A-Wish Rhode Island to make Travis’ wish come true.

With a surprise every day, Travis – and all involved – discovers the true meaning of a favorite Christmas carol: The Twelve Days of Christmas.

The first day of his wish experience, Travis finds a big box outside of his front door along with a letter from Santa. Travis opens the box to find a ton of Christmas decorations for his family to deck their home with holiday cheer.

Eleven magical days follow.

The next day Travis receives a camera and film to capture his Christmas memories.

Then instead of three French hens - he gobbles three kinds of Christmas sweets from Mrs. Claus.

For the rest of the week, Travis is showered with favorite Christmas films and a DVD/VCR player, CDs of Christmas music and a CD player, plus a stocking for each member of his family – including his five brothers and sisters.

When it’s time for the 11 pipers, a festively decorated limousine delivers 11 candy canes instead. With the sweets in hand, Travis and his family go for a ride.

The limo drops Travis at the doorstep of none other than Santa’s vacation home on the Rhode Island shore.

The cabin bursts with Christmas cheer – outdoor lights, wreaths, candles, flannel Christmas sheets on the bed and cookies on the table.

Travis and his family trim a beautiful Christmas tree while singing carols and sharing Christmas cookies and hot cocoa – enjoying each other’s company.  

On the 12th day of Christmas, Santa finally arrives, toting HO HO HOs and big presents for Travis. The jolly fellow even had a Christmas dinner for the family. Travis’ wish united a family with a memory they will always share – a hopeful Christmas spirit they’ll never forget.

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I wish little Travis a happy year and a merry Christmas.

December 22, 2006 - 2:22 PM


Our family wishes you and your family a wonderful and joyful christmas season...........we are also the recepient of Make A Wish, our youngest son (WILL, who was 4 at the time) was diagnosed with muscle cancer, and today he is an active young boy, doing all the things he loves.,,may the New Year bring you peace and joy, and much hope

December 28, 2006 - 10:48 AM


Travis is my brother and he has been very strong. He's been through at least 2 operations. Hang in there, Travis!

September 27, 2007 - 7:44 AM


I am a Make-A-Wish volunteer and the power of a wish is an amazing blessing to bestow on others. Merry Christmas to everyone!

December 19, 2008 - 8:26 AM

June 25, 2012 - 11:25 AM


May all your dreams come true and may you have the best christmas ever. take care lil Travis <3

December 17, 2013 - 9:07 PM


I find this really sweet that Make-A-Wish Foundation is helping children live their dreams. Have a merry Christmas, Travis. I hope to volunteer with Make-A-Wish later on.

December 17, 2013 - 9:56 PM

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