From their very first meeting, wish granter Cara knew that 10-year-old Daniel was a remarkable child. “I could tell right off the bat that Daniel is an extremely smart kid,” she said. Cara quickly learned that he spends his days scheming up inventions and dreaming about physics and outer space. With a positive, ambitious attitude, Daniel is always thinking about the future and does not let his battle with cystic fibrosis consume his daily life.
Among his many interests, one of Daniel’s favorite pastimes is re-reading the Harry Potter series and watching the movies with his three siblings. “He memorized every detail about the storyline,” Cara added.
It was no surprise, then, that Daniel wished to immerse himself in the magic of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida. Cara and fellow wish granter Ive planned a Harry Potter-themed wish reveal at Dave & Buster’s fit for a budding wizard to announce that Daniel’s wish would be coming true!
“We hadn’t seen our children so excited in ages,” said wish mom Sally.
With new wand in hand, Daniel was ready to channel his inner wizard and embark on a life-changing journey with his family. Soon, they were walking down Diagon Alley and visiting Ollivanders Wand Shop, visiting all the places Daniel had so often imagined.
As Sally reflected, it was “a wonderful week of fun, laughter, and togetherness” that didn’t involve any worrying about Daniel’s illness. “Our family recently had some bad news regarding Daniel’s medical situation, so it was a much-needed boost for us,” she said.
Sally reflected on the family’s wish journey, from the moment Daniel had first been referred to Make-A-Wish Hawaii. “We were quite surprised when our pulmonologist told us that she was going to recommend Daniel for a wish, because we thought it was reserved for children with terminal diagnoses,” she said.
However, she and the rest of Daniel’s family quickly learned that Make-A-Wish was for any child with a qualifying critical illness, and that oftentimes, a wish can serve as a catalyst to better health. This was the case for Daniel, whose wish gave him the strength to keep fighting and prepare for his next surgery.
“The trip helped Daniel be a regular child for a little bit and gave him a mental boost before another surgery,” she said. “The wish helped him forget some of the medical concerns he deals with and has given him some great memories to remember and share when things seem difficult.”