When Kinsley was 5 years old, she experienced neck pain and trouble breathing. This didn’t sound like their happy go lucky little girl, so her parents knew that they needed to go the hospital. After scans, Kinsley was diagnosed with cancer. As Kinsley was battling cancer, undergoing chemotherapy and radiation, this resilient girl kept a smile and positive attitude. Her long days at the hospital were not complete without Chick-Fil-A®, a craving that kept her strong and happy throughout her treatments.
When it was time for her to choose her wish, she talked about her love of the beach, and her mom often referred to her as a “water baby”. Kinsley was part of her school’s swim team before her diagnosis and missed swimming in the water. Kinsley’s wish was to have a beach day. And to top it all off it would be Moana themed, her favorite Disney movie.
Now at the age of 6, Kinsley and her family had more than one reason to celebrate. They traveled to Boca Raton to their luxurious room at the Boca Raton Beach Resort where their adventure was just beginning. As they made their way downstairs to the hotel pool, they were greeted by a warm welcome from the hotel staff on a beautiful sunny Floridian day. The Boca Beach Club had two cabanas ready for the family, decorated in Hawaiian Moana theme, suited with a buffet of drinks, snacks, and dessert for the whole day.
The party was not complete without Moana, Pua the pig, and Hei Hei the rooster waiting for Kinsley down at the beach. As she walked the beach with what seemed like her lifelong best friends they spoke of the ocean, sea animals, and everything dear to Kinsley’s heart. And if that wasn’t enough, as Kinsley returned to her cabana for lunch who else to greet her than the famous Chick-Fil-A cows dressed in hula skirts. “Kinsley finished treatment [six months ago], and she’s had clear scans since then. So, to come here and to have this and have people love her and show that love toward her the way we love her is really remarkable and incredible,” her mother said. The happiness of Kinsley and her family radiated throughout the whole hotel.
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Originating Chapter: Make-A-Wish Northeastern & Central California and Northern Nevada