A Letter from Lindsey’s Family
Our family would like to thank you for making our daughter Lindsey's "Wish" come true. Lindsey is 7 years old. She loves Cinderella, dogs, reading, music, dancing, and spending time with friends and family. She is no stranger to challenge and adversity. She was born 5 weeks early, (unexpectedly) with Down syndrome, hip dysplasia, and a serious heart defect. She had open heart surgery by the age of six months old and (hopefully) had a complete repair. She has been attending "school" since the tender age of six months old. The usual childhood milestones were marathons in their own right for Lindsey. Despite all these challenges, Lindsey has been the love of our lives. She has taught us so many things. She is cheerful, patient, loving, and full of determination.
It has been a year since Lindsey was first diagnosed with leukemia. This journey has been full of pain, sorrow, uncertainty, and fear. But it has also been blessed with amazing support, love, concern, friendship, prayer, tender loving care, and generousity. We have been deeply moved by the overwhelming commitment of those involved with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. We are grateful to you for making Lindsey's wish come true. The Wish has given her so much strength and delight. Often she was scared and tired during the many "pokes" of chemo. All she had to do was talk about her trip to Disney, the twinkle in her eye would reappear, and she could muster up the strength to get through another round. She will be on chemo until 2/04 and I know this trip will continue to give her strength and comfort until the day she takes her last dose. With the Grace of God, she will remain in remission and beat this monster and you will have been a part of the victory.
Words cannot express our gratitude for sharing this amazing gift with our daughter and family. We will remember you and this gift throughout our lifetime.
Make-A-Wish helped Tavio and our family forget a rough and heartbreaking period. The wish made Tavio thrilled and joyful, and in the same time we shared a great moment together as a family. It made us aware of what is important in life. Thank you Make-A-Wish, you’ve helped put back the smile on our child.
From Tavio’s parents
Tavio, 11, wished to go on a tour of Italy.
He was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2003.
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