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Mina is an active, energetic nine-year-old who loves gym class. When she’s not swimming, dancing, doing gymnastics or practicing piano, she can be found playing card games with her close-knit family.
Mina was diagnosed with cancer and has undergone chemotherapy, which has resulted in low energy and ongoing pain. This has impacted her attendance at school, but she tries to go as often as possible to see her teachers and friends.
“I really wanted to meet Moana because I love the movie and that she loves the water like I do,” said Mina. Not only do they share a love for the water but also bold, brave, and magnetic personalities. Mina was also excited to spend quality time with her grandmother (oma) on her wish trip.
Mina was thrilled to learn that her wish was coming true. She was delighted to ride in a limo to and from the airport, loved her tour of the WestJet cockpit and the surprise announcement telling passengers of a special guest on board.
Mina and her family stayed at a special resort for wish kids called Give Kids the World Village. The family loved having their own villa, enjoyed the rides at the resort, and the spa. They visited Magic Kingdom Park, Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park, Epcot® Theme Park and Universal™ Orlando. Mina’s favourite rides were Space Mountain and Avator Flight of Passage.
While Mina loved her entire wish experience, the highlight was meeting Moana. They talked, played, and took photos together. “This was better than I thought it would be—it was a really good surprise,” said Mina. Mina was happy that this was her wish and that her entire family had an amazing time.
Special thanks to everyone at PNR Railworks for helping to grant Mina’s wish.