Looking through a shoebox full of her mom's old photos was the inspiration for Paige's wish.
Among the contents were pictures of her mom, when she was just a little older than Paige, on fishing trips in Alaska with Paige's grandfather. She immediately fell in love with them, and didn't hesitate to ask for her own fishing trip to Alaska when Make-A-Wish came to call. This might be surprising if you didn't know Paige.
Paige has always loved fish and wildlife. Her favorite childhood book was the Ocean Life Dictionary, and she can identify fish, plants and crustaceans when she visits aquariums. She also loves the sport of fishing, so her parents knew something was wrong when , during a long-awaited fishing trip, she didn't have the strength to stand and hold a fishing rod. The next day, a series of tests revealed the reason: leukemia. For two years she went through chemotherapy, hair loss, and isolation. She missed all but one month of fourth grade.
"This is the most wonderful thing that has happened to her in almost two years of wondering 'Why me?" The mental pain has been as difficult for her as the physical pain, but you eliminated a lot of that mental pain" says her grandfather, George. Last July, Paige's wish came true. She visited an Alaskan wildlife refuge, saw glaciers and caught a ling cod just like her mom had done so many years before.