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Gavin sets sail with Mickey Mouse

Gavin's wish to go on a Disney Cruise

“ This trip made us cherish the present moment and motivated us to appreciate the valuable lessons right in front of us. ”


- Gavin's mother

  • Gavin , 5

    • mitochondrial disease
    • I wish to go on a Disney Cruise
  • I wish to go

My son Gavin is a 5-year-old boy with an old soul. Like Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida, there is something magical about him. His ocean blue eyes glisten like the sun. His infectious smile permeates the lives of everyone he meets. From the moment the wish granters walked into our home it was as though a new path had been forged for our lives. They lifted the heavy burden of Gavin’s illness from the tiny shoulders of both Gavin and his older sister Makenzie. Within weeks we received a life-changing phone call that Gavin’s wish to go on a Disney Cruise was going to be granted.

The Disney Cruise was blissfully surreal, yet the real magic was the impact the experience had on our family. It was more than just a vacation and break from reality. Traveling on this incredible boat gave us the perspective to appreciate the most important part of our lives – time together. This amazing boat gave us the gift of memories – happy, heartfelt, everlasting memories. In the midst of many doctor appointments and therapy for Gavin’s illness, quality family time is difficult to find. The Make-A-Wish Foundation wrapped us in a blanket of love and helped us to rebuild the beaten ground beneath us. This organization does not just make wishes come true, they change lives. This trip made us cherish the present moment and motivated us to appreciate the valuable lessons right in front of us. No matter how hectic life gets with Gavin’s illness, they helped us hear the laughter in our children’s voices again without having to hear the fear of reality, feel the love of our family connection without interruption and accept that we have a new “perfect.”

Just when our journey seemed almost overwhelming Make-A-Wish came along and created a new and beautiful path for us to embark on that has permanently filled our hearts with hope and perseverance. Make-A-Wish opens a family’s eyes and hearts and helps them embrace every step in their journey.

Sincerely,
Brandi, Gavin’s mother

Wish Granters: Coby Palmer & Jeffrey Sills
Referred by: his physician, Dr. Jose Colon
Wish adopted by Bob DesJardin & Leadership Collier Class of 2013
  • Gavin's wish to go on a Disney Cruise

  • Gavin's wish to go on a Disney Cruise

  • Gavin's wish to go on a Disney Cruise

  • Gavin's wish to go on a Disney Cruise

  • Gavin's wish to go on a Disney Cruise

  • Gavin's wish to go on a Disney Cruise

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Denae

What a wonderful wish!

June 03, 2013 - 11:40 AM

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