The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is seen by more than 3.5 million people in New York City, and last year, a very special girl named Anolani had the opportunity to sit front row.
Three-year-old Anolani was diagnosed with Pyruvate Dehydrogenase Complex at birth. Although she is wheelchair bound and lacks the ability to communicate, it has never stopped Anolani from pursuing all sorts of activities. She likes to play outside and read books of several different genres on her free time and enjoys anything in pink, but nothing brings her the most joy and happiness than quality time spent with her parents.
What better way to kick-off the holiday season than to watch huge balloons and floats, celebrities and cartoon characters, dancers and bands pass through Manhattan’s streets in New York City! Anolani was given the opportunity to live out her dream of seeing, with her very own eyes, the most spectacular holiday celebration in the world.
The excitement began when Make-A-Wish Hawaii surprised her with a very special wish reveal party. Anolani and her family were able to celebrate the momentous occasion of her wish being granted, and cheered her on as this life-changing experience was in the midst. The room was filled with so much love from her friends and family members, it got her even more excited to go to New York City for the parade.
As the crowd began to cheer, Anolani knew that the parade had begun. First, the gigantic Hello Kitty, Spiderman and Spongebob balloons, then the Smurf float and Santa’s sleigh followed after. If her eyes weren’t already lit up enough, she was even more excited when she saw Disney star Debby Ryan take the stage on one of the floats.
This inspirational experience for Anolani and her family will be something they will always remember for the rest of their lives. Most importantly, it was more than just a vacation with her family, but a magical moment where her worries and treatments were set aside and opened the doors for her to hope and dream more than ever before.
Special Thanks: Wish granters Abigail J. Marshall and Jillian Miyamura, Macy’s and Hawaiian Airlines.