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Leo's wish

Lilah became sick at just 2 years old and as she got progressively weaker, her mum just knew something was wrong. After extensive doctor’s visits and tests, she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at three years old. 

Lilah’s mum Amelia says when the Make-A-Wish volunteers asked Lilah what she wished for, there was one obvious answer. Amelia believes her wish to fly with real wings came from being stuck at home and in hospital and that to her, flying meant freedom.

When the big day arrived for Lilah to learn to fly, she very quickly warmed to her fairy teachers who taught her all the basics – such as flying, trapezing, swinging and using silks! Made even more complete with a special fairy bracelet and certificate of achievement that Lilah will always remember her fairy training by.

According to her mum, Lilah continues to talk about her wish every day and that the experience, “has the magic back into my life as well as hers, and that’s something I believe she will carry through the rest of her life.

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I wish to be a model

Wish child Cassandra touches a racoon

In May 2022, Elisa’s mother noticed that she had a slightly swollen abdomen and decided to take her to the hospital, even though she had no other symptoms or complaints. On examination, the doctor immediately found a malignant tumor of approximately 12cm near Elisa’s liver. Just days later, Elisa started chemotherapy and later  underwent surgery to remove the tumor. 

Upon waking up from one of the chemo sessions, Elisa commented to her mother: “I already know what my wish is! I want to be a model and walk the catwalk!”  From there Elisa’s wish team worked to provide Elisa with an unforgettable and transformative experience.  

 

Elisa got to model in a professional photo shoot and visit one of the largest modeling agencies in the country where she was welcomed by the team and given some modeling training. Next came the fashion show! In the presence of family and friends, Elisa got to walk the catwalk as she had imagined and after this magical moment, Elisa distributed photos and autographs to her new fans and followers and enjoyed the treats that awaited her in her dressing room, enjoying every detail of this experience!

This Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, we need you to help us make every wish come true, just like Elisa’s.

Wish Child Cassandra peeks out from behind a snake!

Jessica Curran

Jessica Curran

Jessica Curran is Digital Marketing Manager at Make-A-Wish International, having joined the organisation in 2020 after 2.5 years at Make-A-Wish Ireland. Jessica is responsible for planning and executing social media content across all major platforms. Additionally, she oversees Make-A-Wish International’s external website, ensuring its effectiveness and alignment with our mission.