Forget cancer, Jaysha dreamed of escaping to the Magic of Disney World – a place where she could just be a kid and where her family could just be a family.
Those words were given to Jaysha, 9, in her wish trip itinerary, informing her that her No. 1 wish to explore the magic of Disney World was finally coming true! Exploring the wonders of Disney is the most popular wish requested across the nation. Now Jaysha would get to experience Disney Magic firsthand, alongside her mom, dad, younger brother and older sister!
She didn’t let her battle with cancer slow her down or tame her adventurous spirit! Jaysha loves adventure, whether it is a thrilling game of hide-and-go-seek, going for a swim or catching waves with a boogie board! In search of more adventure, her top priority at Disney was to try as many rides and rollercoasters as she could, followed by making a splash in the giant swimming pools!
And that is exactly what she did!
“She has never been to Disney World before and thought it would be fun,” said Janina, Jaysha’s mom. “She was happy that she got to ride all of the rides she wanted to and take pictures with any character! She felt like a VIP… It was so much fun; she wants to go again.”
Topping the list of highlights of their stay was Give Kids The World Village, a non-profit, 70-acre”storybook” resort in Central Florida designed to accommodate wish kids. It has welcomed more than 130,000 families from all 50 states and more than 75 countries. Supported by corporate partners, Give Kids The World generously works with wish-granting organizations like ours, offering our wish families unparalleled experiences.
At Give Kids The World, more attractions awaited Jaysha and her family, including miniature golf, a Safari Theater, a train ride to the “jolly hollow” – a tree room filled with vine! Park-hopper passes were also available to explore as much as Jaysha wanted to explore; Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Epcot Center, Animal Kingdom, Universal Studios and SeaWorld’s Adventure Park in Orlando were all there for the taking!
The real magic that happened on Jaysha’s wish trip to Disney World was the hope the trip provided, letting Jaysha know she wasn’t alone in her battle, that there are other kids who share her experience.
“Throughout treatment, surgeries, pain and sickness, this wish gave her something to look forward to. None of (the pain) mattered to her – having her wish granted trumped all of the pain and suffering,” added Jaysha’s mom, Janina. “She felt really special. It also made her understand that she is not alone; there are other children just like her.”