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Anaiss' wish to go to Athens, Greece

Anaiss Athens

“ My dream became my wish, and my wish became reality. ”

- Anaiss

A devastating car accident in 2011 left Anaiss confined to a wheelchair and paraplegic. She read The Iliad and The Odyssey during her recovery from spinal cord surgery, and fell in love with mythology and Greek architecture.
In May, her wish to visit Greece and see the setting of some of her favorite stories, The Iliad and The Odyssey, became a reality.


Although she was told she might never feel her lower extremities, Anaiss set out to prove her doctors wrong and now has feeling above her knee. Anticipating her wish, “made our household a lot brighter,” says her mom, Karina. “She is excited that it doesn’t matter that she is in a wheelchair; she can do anything.” 


Just before she left, her school principal and volunteer wish granters planned a school assembly with cupcakes adorned with the Greek flag along with a gold crown of leaves to send her off and wish her well. And when a limousine arrived to take her to the airport for her wish, her mom says she yelled, “Oh my god, a limo too. This is the best!” 


Anaiss sent us a drawing of the Parthenon, along with this message, “I loved the architecture in Greece. The Acropolis was absolutely beautiful and the view was breathtaking. I also loved Delphi and the Knossos. The designs are fascinating.”


Anaiss, who says if she could be anything, it would be a world traveler, has started her journey.

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June 25, 2012 - 11:25 AM

Victoria McDowell

My son's granted wish got him through his last year of chemo. So very grateful. Thank you, thank you, forever.

April 29, 2015 - 11:53 PM

Orion Lee

Absolutely beautiful! This is why I support this organization! I too had a car accident in 2011 and spinal cord surgery devastated my life. At 40, though, it sent me into the world of welfare and disability. I have a daughter her age that is also obsessed with Greek mythology! This story has inspired me to continue to keep going, healing and supporting my daughter! The pictures in this story truly helped lift me up! My favorite MAW story yet next to Ben's game.

August 24, 2016 - 11:09 AM

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