When wish granter Demetria first met 4-year-old Waipahu wish kid Xzylie, it was in the ICU. In the middle of a six-month-long hospital stay, Xzylie was struggling to regain her strength and to relearn how to walk, talk, and even eat due to serious complications from her battle with leukemia.
Diagnosed in August 2016, Xzylie’s health had continued to decline after a common cold turned into pneumonia and, eventually, respiratory failure. Shortly after, she also endured multiple organ failure and was put on kidney dialysis for two months.
So, when Demetria entered her hospital room, she recalls it being a somber moment. “When we first met, she wasn’t really aware,” she said. “You don’t know what to say.”
But Demetria and fellow wish granter Preet kept visiting. They formed close relationships with Xzylie and her mother Crystal, and they watched as Xzylie’s health improved and as her sassy, playful personality began to reemerge. They watched as she started to take her first steps again and as she regained the weight she had lost.
And, throughout Xzylie's journey, they watched the hope of a wish come true keep Xzylie and her family pushing forward through all the treatments and physical therapy. For them, the wish marked a huge milestone--it meant that their little girl would soon be done with treatment and on the road to recovery.
Crystal called the prospect of her daughter’s wish to meet the princesses at Walt Disney World come true a blessing. “There’s nothing more we want than for Xzylie to always be happy and have a break from doctor visits and treatment,” she said.
When Xzylie’s wish finally came true, it meant the world. Each day at Disney, Xzylie would laugh and clap as soon as she entered the park. “It honestly made my daughter so happy that we were out and about every day,” said Crystal. “She’s a little explorer, and the fact that we were just having fun all together and she didn’t have to go to the doctor’s made her happy.”
When they returned home to Waipahu, Crystal and Xzylie were full of gratitude for the community who had brought her wish to life, including HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union, who adopted her wish, and wish granters like Demetria who were there throughout Xzylie’s journey.
Said Crystal, “My daughter really enjoyed her wish—I could just tell by the smile she had on her face. It was the BEST trip we ever had as a family, and everything about it was special and magical.”
Make-A-Wish Hawaii would like to extend a huge mahalo to HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union for adopting Xzylie’s wish.