What is normal?
Depending on whom you ask you’ll get a very different, very unique answer. Normal is a state-of-mind; a perception to what you believe, and sometimes know, to be the truth.
The truth for thirteen-year-old Savanna is not what most 13 year old girls deem “normal”. For Savanna, hanging out with friends, going shopping for all the trendy clothes and accessories and being a worry-free teenager is not her idea of normal. Instead, her closest friends are her doctors and physicians at her children’s hospital. Her idea of an accessory is the IV tube dangling from her wrist administering chemotherapy. Fear, worry and uncertainty often cross her mind during treatments and hospital stays.
But, through everything, Savanna remains optimistic. Her infectious smile reaches from ear-to-ear with the thought of her future; the thought of being cancer-free.
In 2014 Savanna was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor, Osteosarcoma.
When the teenager was told she could have anything her heart desired, she knew exactly what to wish for: “I wish to go on a Disney Cruise Line® cruise.”
In September of 2014, Savanna and her family sailed the ocean blue aboard the Disney Dream on their way to the Bahamas. On board, Savanna met all her favorite Disney characters including Goofy, Donald Duck, Minnie and even Mickey Mouse himself. Then, on the island of Castaway Cay, Savanna dug her toes in the thick white sand and basked in the moment of true jubilation, she could even be seen jumping, arms stretched wide, on the ocean shore. Her cares, her worries and her sense of “normal” were, if even for a short tie, thousands of miles away.
Savanna’s wish was more than a moment. It was a moment frozen in time that will forever offer her hope. Hope to one day to create her own, better version of “normal”. Hope to beat cancer. Hope to continue her fight wile remembering the feeling worth fighting for: happiness.