Tuesday, January 25, 2011

When you wish upon a star...

Its official!
  The Make-A-Wish "wizard" is granting Cami's wish to go to Disney World!  I get so emotional thinking about all that this amazing organization has done for our family.  First they made Cami's wish to be in a parade come true and as if that wasn't enough, they are sending us to Disney World!  

Cami has been through so much physical pain and we have witnessed the Doctors up at Primary's doing amazing things to her little body to heal it, they put her cancer in remission!  With Make-A-Wish it is a different kind of healing, but one that is just as important to our family.  To us, they are emotional healers.  Cami has been through a lot of trauma for someone so young, but Make-A-Wish has given her some amazing experiences to off-set those traumas.  Thanks to Make-A-Wish, Cami will be able to look back on her cancer journey with some really special memories.  I cannot say enough about this organization.  Cami says they are magic.  I think she is right!

Cami's wish granters threw her a big party to give her the big news.  Nothing Make-A-Wish does is small.
They sprinkle everything with pixie dust and make it absolutely magical.  

Cami got to invite anyone she wanted to her party.  The kids dressed up like knights and princesses.

Our friends and family got to come experience the Make-A-Wish building with us.  They took us on a tour and Cami unlocked the special wishing tower to show everyone.

After being told she was going to Disney World, her wish granters told her they had one more surprise for her.  They made her close her eyes...

When they opened the door, Cinderella and Belle were there to surprise her!

They had a tea party (which was another one of Cami's wishes)

As the night came to an end, Cami was given her star.  Each Make-A-Wish child is given a glass star that they raise up to the Make-A-Wish ceiling, where it stays forever.

Here is Cami writing her name on her star...

 They have a little ceremony to raise it up.
It was such a sweet moment and I was fighting back tears watching Cami's star go up.

It is really beautiful to look up and see all those stars.  All those wishes come true.  
All those little deserving hearts that were filled with joy.

Cami had so many friends and family come out to support her.  Each one of these people have helped us get through some really hard times.  I am grateful that they got to see Cami in a night filled with smiles and happiness.  Thanks to everyone who took the time to show your support to Cami and our family.  We love you all!


A HUGE thanks to Cami's AMAZING wish granters.
  They made this process so magical for her.  They truly went above and beyond to make her feel special.
We love you Sarah and Joey!!

 As everyone was leaving the party, Cami went right back to the tea party with Cinderella and Belle.  These two darling girls sat with her for an extra hour and gave her the tea party of her dreams.  She was so giddy on the way home, she couldn't stop giggling.

I dont know who is more excited for our trip, me or Cami.  Don't get me wrong, Cami is PLENTY excited, but the trip we are about to go on is one you cant buy or duplicate.  Like I said, when Make-A-Wish grants a wish it is like a real life fairy tale.  They are sending us to a resort called Give Kids The World, which is a 70-acre resort that is dedicated to kids with life threatening illnesses and it is their goal to show those kids the best time of their life.  They have rides, horses, ice cream parlors, all-inclusive restaurants and a free arcade.  The Disney characters and princesses come visit the property and play with the kids.  They have an amazing pool,  parties, and even Christmas each and EVERY week!  Disney also treats wish kids like gold.  Cami will get a special button to wear in the parks showing that she is "special".  She wont have to wait in any lines, and she will get special privileges all around.  Because Cami gets exhausted so easily, this will make her trip even better!  Cami doesn't even know what's about to hit her and I cant wait to watch my sweet girl experience the week of a lifetime!
She sure as heck deserves it!

Here is a little news video clip on the AMAZING resort we will be staying at...


  1. I am so glad she got her wishes granted that is so great!! And your family really deserves this!! You are all amazing and I look up to all of you especially little Cami!! She is so amazing!

  2. Oh Chel how wonderful. You all deserve this time to have fun and heal. I am so happy for you and Pat and Cami and Caden!!
    ps the stars gave me the 'shiveries'!!

  3. love the pictures! we are so excited for you guys to go on your trip!!

  4. Make a Wish IS a wonderful foundation. They gave my cousin who battled with a very rare cancer this year a wonderful trip to Australia, which has been a wonderful memory for their family, after all the hell of cancer they have dealt with. I am so happy her Wish came true, have a ball!

  5. I love this post and I love all of the pictures. I am so excited for you and for Cami!

  6. Cami's Make A Wish party was very special and we are happy that we could be there to share in the celebration of her wish being granted! : )

  7. I'm so sorry we missed this but thanks for sharing these spectacular pictures. What a great reward for such a hard year! Love you guys!

  8. I was thinking of you and your cute little family today and I came across this quote that I thought I would share. I'm so happy for this little bit of joy that has come your way. Keep your heads up and know you are in our prayers.

    Cancer is so limited.
    It cannot destroy love, it cannot shatter hope.
    It cannot corrode faith.
    It cannot destroy people, it cannot kill friendship.
    It cannot surpress memories, it cannot silence courage.
    It cannot invade the soul, IT CANNOT STEAL ETERNAL LIFE.
    It cannot conquer the spirit.

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  10. YAY! YAY! YAY! We are SOOOOO dang excited for you guys. This is amazing!! BIG HUGS!!
    ♥The Hoeksels

  11. It was an absolute wonderful night for everyone! We were so honoured to be there for Cami and you guys! We cant wait to see her pictures and hear about her adventrure at Disney World! We are so happy for you! It was so emotional to see Cami raise her star! It signified her journey of the last 7 months and the new journey she is about to embark on! Words can not describe her little spirit! Or the love that I have for you guys! We love you so so so much!
    Love Nat, Tony and Callie

  12. So exciting for you and your family! I am in tears...Make A Wish is truly amazing and I think you were right when you said they offer a different kind of healing...equally as important as the physical kind. Enjoy your trip...when are you going?

  13. i love to read the updates on your sweet little girl!! My heart is so full of love for this child of God, I can only imagine what our hearts would feel if we knew you all for real! What an amazing story you all share each day!! I pray you have so much fun visiting with all the princesses!!

  14. Beautiful. I had a hard time holding back MY tears when I read about raising the star and I'm just a bystander! Much love to your family, I hope you have the most magical trip ever!

  15. This looks SO fantastic!!!!!
    Have a blessed and beautiful time <3

  16. SO excited for you guys! You will LOVE it.

  17. ah, i am SO excited for you guys!!!! SO EXCITED! you all deserve this trip so much and you're just going to have the most fantastic time. it is such an incredible experience! when are you going?

    we are doing elena's star raising party this saturday as a wrap up to the whole experience - seeing your pics makes me really excited!

  18. I am SO HAPPY that you guys get to go to Disney World!!! What an amazing resort that is! HOLY COW!

    Cami deserves it... and SO DO YOU! And Caden and Pat too ;)!


  19. I just came across your blog through another one and I am so excited for you.

    We had the opportunity to go to Disney World last year through Make A Wish. We stayed at Give Kids the World and it was WONDERFUL. The opportunity of a lifetime. We loved every minute of it. I am so jealous that you get to go. We want to go back. You will love it.

    Enjoy Disney World, Seaworld and Universal Studios. We decided to take a break one day and we even drove to the beach and stayed there for a few hours. It was great and the people treat you like royalty.

    Have fun!

    Tammy Gale


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