Madalyn needed a break.
For the past year, the 17-year-old has been fighting Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
Before she knew it, her normal every day routine of going to school, hanging out with friends and being a worry-free teenager had turned into hospital visits, treatment and fear.
Madalyn needed a wish.
So, when given the chance by Make-A-Wish® Alabama to wish for an experience that could take her away, temporarily, from her day-to-day routine – Madalyn knew exactly what to ask for:
“I wish to go on a Disney Cruise Line® cruise.”
Over the Christmas holiday, Madalyn and her family sailed the ocean blue to the Bahamas. It was a much-needed getaway for a girl who needed to remember what it was like to be a worry-free teenager, and to not have to be reminded of her condition that has already taken so much from her young life.
“Thank you for granting our sweet daughter, Madalyn’s wish,” Madalyn’s mother, Leslie, said. “We had the most awesome Christmas ever on the Disney Dream. You guys gave us memories that we will never forget and will cherish forever!”
On board, Madalyn met Mickey Mouse and Snow White. In the Bahamas, she and her family took in the beaches, visited a local aquarium and even had her hair braided, as part of the local culture.
“The smile on Madalyn’s face says it all,” Make-A-Wish Alabama President and CEO, Pam Jones, said. “Her face lights up in every single picture and you can tell she and her family were far too busy having the time of their lives to worry about anything else that might be going on. And, that’s the selling point to each and every wish experience that makes every moment priceless and truly special.”