“After my wish, I knew I didn’t want to be done with Make-A-Wish. Even beyond the wish, Make-A-Wish has an impact.”
Nearly five years after her wish to go to Hawaii, now 19-year-old Hannah still loves talking about her wish experience.
As a child, Hannah was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder. She spent most of her childhood going to doctor’s appointments and receiving IV treatments. By age 12, she needed to undergo a kidney transplant. “That was a journey, but my dad was the donor and that created an awesome bond that we have now,” said Hannah.
Hannah’s family was introduced to Make-A-Wish during a doctor’s visit. Once they were told she would receive a wish, she decided to wait until after her transplant and recovery to go on her wish.
During that time, she thought about what she might wish for. Her interest in the history of Polynesian culture and love for the hit TV show, Hawaii Five-O, made her decision easy. Her one true wish was to go to Hawaii.
Hannah’s wish trip was full of life-changing experiences. Parasailing and snorkeling gave her incredible views of Hawaii that she would never forget. These experiences gave her increased strength and hope for her future.
Four years later, Hannah is now attending college and studying to become a music teacher. Her wish experience still puts a smile on her face and inspires her to believe that anything is possible. Hannah continues to be involved with Make-A-Wish Alabama, regularly volunteering and supporting the mission.
“Having my wish granted and being a part of the Make-A-Wish community made me see how much wishes really matter to a lot of people, not just those with illnesses,” said Hannah. “It really fueled a passion in me to help any way that I could because I knew what a wish gave me and my family.”
Hannah finds joy in knowing that she can help give other eligible kids and their families the same unforgettable experience she had.