Though she’s an energetic and happy three year-old, Cameron was diagnosed with a hematologic disorder at 9 months old, and has already gone through 16 rounds of chemotherapy.
Managing her illness has been challenging, but it was something familiar. Her dad, Jake, had experienced his sister’s wish coming true in the 1980’s.
“Planning for the future is something that is lost during the fight for recovery” says her mom, Kristina, but Cameron is already planning her own future: she wants to be a doctor. She even used one of her Doc McStuffins doll’s medical kit to do a “diagnosis” on her wish granter during the wish interview.
Cameron loves the water, dolphins, dancing and the outdoors, so she wished to visit Aulani, where she enjoyed going to the beach and meeting Moana and Minnie Mouse. The experience had an immediate emotional and physical impact on the whole family. “From the moment we got on the plane, we were filled with joy and excitement…tears of joy were always on hand.” The resort was so welcoming and relaxing, says Kristina, “We were transported into a space where all of our worries of my daughter’s illness was behind us, and she was simply a normal child who got to enjoy life to the fullest.”
Meeting her favorite Disney characters was an extra boost for Cameron—“She knew all the characters and gained strength in herself, as they all knew who she was.”
The positive physical and emotional outcomes of her wish have been demonstrated through medical research. After studying the effects of granting wishes on children with cancer, researchers found significant improvements in hope, positive emotions, health-related quality of life and anxiety. *
Cameron has now been free of her condition for over a year, and according to Kristina, she is “continuing to heal and become the healthy child she was always meant to be.”
The people who founded Make-A-Wish weren’t doctors, but they found a way to lift the optimism and determination of critically ill children, and thousands of supporters like you have continued their work. After the wish, Kristina wrote a note to say “Thank you all for making our future bright and promising.”
*Shoshani, A. Mifano, K. Czamanski-Cohen, J. (2015). The effects of the Make a Wish intervention on psychiatric symptoms and health-related quality of life of children with cancer: a randomized controlled trial. Quality of Life Research, 25(5), 1209 1218. doi 10.1007/s11136-015-1148-7