Despite facing thyroid cancer, Ariana delights in magic, fairies and leprechauns.
After following the program “Reign,” she fell in love with Ireland and all its castles, cathedrals and folklore. According to her mom, Preity, she is “fascinated with the history of Ireland and what went on in medieval times.”
In April, Ariana got to visit the place she never believed she’d see. “When I wrote down my wishes, I never expected them to come true. I never imagined I would get exactly what I asked for.” Ariana was drawn to Ireland in part because of a TV show, but also because “being an artist, I’m always looking for new beautiful things to paint or sketch.” Her favorite places include Kilmainham Gaol and Newgrange, but also the graveyards where she saw tombstones dating back to the 1100s and the castles where she said “I felt as if I had walked straight into the Middle Ages.” She learned so much on her trip, in fact, that she even impressed her history teacher! Says Ariana, “When my wish came true it was honestly the happiest I’ve ever been. I never expected something so grand and amazing to come out of something as bad as cancer.”