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Lauren lives with cystic fibrosis, a genetic disease affecting the lungs and digestive system. At this time, there is no cure for the condition and kids like Lauren and their families plan their lives around managing the affects of CF on their child’s health.
When Lauren found out that she was eligible for a wish she was excited to have the chance to ask for a dream vacation to Maui for her family.
“Lauren knew a few people who have gone to Hawaii in recent years, and she was quite envious. When given the opportunity to wish for anything, this was the first thing that she considered,” said Lauren’s mom.
The family enjoyed working with Lauren's wish granting volunteers, Haz and Stuart to craft the perfect wish experience for her.
Once the wish was determined they planned a Hawaiian themed wish announcement celebration at the offices of Kensington Tours/Travel Edge, the company generously supporting Lauren’s wish. The plan was a success and achieved the desired effect – complete shock – Lauren was thrilled that her wish was coming true.
“Once I saw that limo in our driveway, I knew then that this trip was really happening,” said Lauren.
Lauren and her family enjoyed flying with WestJet and receiving the VIP treatment as Make-A-Wish guests of the airline. They were able to board the flight first, meet the pilot and received a special welcome announcement from the flight crew - all of the passengers applauded for Lauren.
When the family arrived in Maui they we welcomed to their incredible resort and a room with a view of the ocean.
During their stay in Maui the family enjoyed a dinner cruise on the ocean, snorkeling and sightseeing. It was the perfect respite from their busy day-to-day life back home and they loved that they were treated like celebrities because they were on a Make-A-Wish trip.
“There were quite a few times over the course of this wish trip where we found ourselves thinking….is this really happening? This was a very special getaway for our entire family – and it was nice that Lauren was given the opportunity to craft this wish exactly the way that she wanted it to play out,” said Lauren’s mom.
Thank you to Kensington Tours/Travel Edge for supporting Lauren’s life-changing wish and for hosting an incredible surprise wish announcement for her and her family.