Standing in line for a ride, with a day of ice cream and Disney themed fun ahead—that’s where David and Janel stopped thinking about cancer. They weren’t worried about chemotherapy, the next bone marrow tests or even the possibility of relapse. In that moment, they were just watching their sons smile.
On Thanksgiving day 2012, Micah’s world was turned upside down – he was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma. It was a challenging time for both him and his family, but they got through it with a positive attitude and a wish to look forward to.
A diagnosis like cancer can be isolating for a child, and often puts serious pressures and stresses on families. But, as David and Janel experienced, a wish can help to bring families back together and celebrate life again.
“This [the wish] was a great opportunity for Micah to start to enjoy life again and for our family to get back together” said Janel.
After living months apart with Janel supporting Micah with his treatment on Oahu and David taking care of Jonah and working to pay the Bills on Maui, the wish was the perfect opportunity for the entire family to reconnect.
From meeting his favorite characters, to going on exciting rides, Micah had a blast at Disneyland. The Indiana Jones ride was his absolute favorite and the best part was that he didn't have to wait in any lines! The experience felt like a dream. After standing by Micah as he fought his cancer, it was a gift to see him simply having fun with his brother and smiling.
Today, Micah is back in school and is doing well. It's been a few months since they returned from the trip, but the impact it had on his entire family remains strong and has reaffirmed their belief in the power of a wish.
“For the past 10 years I've been donating a portion of my paycheck to the Make-A-Wish foundation here in Hawaii through the Combined Federal Campaign at my workplace. Little did I know that Make-A-Wish would play such a big role in my son’s battle with cancer down the road. We got to see firsthand how Make-A-Wish can truly brighten a child’s life. So I’m thankful for Make-A-Wish for not only what it’s done for Micah, but what it does for all children it touches.”