We wanted to write to try and express our heartfelt thanks for the amazing trip our family recently took for our son Alexander’s wish. The pictures will begin to give you a glimpse of what a great time Alex and the whole family had together on the Disney Cruise. This was truly a once in a lifetime experience for us all. For this, and your overwhelming generosity, we sincerely thank you.
We are also writing to tell you what the pictures don’t show, because that is the only way you could possibly understand what these pictures, and the experiences they capture, represent to us. You see, the pictures don’t show you the three injection a week infusion treatments Alex has had for over half of his 7 years of life, or the 12 to 15 doses of daily medications that it takes to try and keep him this healthy. They don’t show you the look on Alex’s face when we have to go back to the hospital for a countless stay to overcome yet another infection. They don’t show his brothers’ faces when we have to explain that mommy and Alex will be gone for a while so Alex can get better.
No, these pictures show the visual images that Alex will have in his mind the next time he bravely faces one of these many challenges. They will be the pictures his brothers look at when they are apart from him. This will be the “happy place” we go to in our minds when our realities become too difficult to deal with, and they will help us muster a smile and a strength we need to get through a not so magical moment or two…
Alex’s father and I have known for quite awhile how blessed we are, and how amazing and brave our little boy is; thank you for helping us reward his bravery and give him, and our whole family such a remarkable experience together. We truly cannot thank you enough…
With my sincerest gratitude,
Wish Granters: Annie Ruiz & Virginia Santoni-Arguelles
Referred by: Dr. Gary Kleiner, his physician
Wish adopted by: The Learning Experience