Since being diagnosed with a blood disorder at just 2 years old, Kalia has endured countless appointments and procedures, missing out on many childhood joys.
Finding out that Kalia was eligible for a wish came as a complete surprise. Her family hadn’t even known she was referred by Kalia’s caring medical team. Kalia’s mother, Kristi, describes that initial moment as "surreal" and remembers how excited they were to meet her wish granters at the start of the wish journey.
When asked to make a wish, Kalia thought of princesses, pirates and the breathtaking ocean. And where else would you find all three than on a Caribbean Disney Cruise. The moment this 5-year-old adventurer stepped aboard the Disney Fantasy cruise ship, she truly entered a dream world. She became a princess, setting sail on a magical voyage, filled with her favorite characters, exciting activities and precious time spent with family. This Caribbean voyage was simply mesmerizing. She was filled with awe as she stared out into the deep blue water and asked her mother, “Can we live on the ship?” Kalia wanted the fun to continue forever, and returned home with a new enthusiasm for life.
She had the best time at all the ports and still talks about it every day,” explained Kristi.
This pint-sized princess couldn't pick just one favorite moment from her wish, saying, "I loved the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, the princess tea party, seeing all the characters, eating all the food, going on the ship and just ALL OF IT!"
Kristi, on the other hand, could easily pinpoint her favorite memory, saying, “the most memorable part for me was not only seeing the joy on Kalia’s face, but the joy on my other girls’ faces.” Witnessing the way her older daughters came to life with their baby sister meant the world to this wish mother. While on the cruise, the girls were able to relax and finally make carefree memories like siblings should.
The smiles and giggles alone were priceless,” Kristi exclaimed.
When asked how the wish experience impacted their family, Kristi was particularly appreciative of the sense of community. Thanks to a wish, Kristi now knows her family never has to face Kalia's battle alone.
“This experience has shown us that we are not alone and there are so many people out there who truly care."