Abigail, 11, Beaverton: Team Zoske
Abigail described her wish experience in 2012 as “awesome” and called Walt Disney World® Resort the “best place she could ever imagine.” In addition to going on the rides and meeting the characters, Abigail and her family enjoyed their stay at Give Kids the World Village where her mom said was a place they could relax as a family.
Aleena, 26, Portland: Impossible is Nothing
Aleena has always wanted to see a Broadway play. In 2007, at age 18, her wish came true when she went to New York City and saw “The Color Purple” and “Mary Poppins.” Not only did she get to see the two plays, Aleena and her family experienced other famous sites like the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty.
Alex, 17, Salem
Alex enjoys kickin’ back and watching comedies in his free time. That’s why he wished to meet his favorite comedian. He and his family traveled to Universal Studios to be on set. “This experience gave him something to think about other than his disease, doctor appointments and homework from days of school he's missed,” said Alex’s mom. “It made him feel special and important, which he hasn't felt in so long.”
Aliyah, 12, Vancouver: Alaska Airlines Superheroes
Aliyah’s wish experience began well before her wish trip to Maui. Her volunteer wish granters surprised her with a special send-off party at her favorite restaurant and had Alaska Airlines fly-in fresh leis from Hawaii. Once in Maui, Aliyah wants to go snorkeling, experience a luau and enjoy fresh seafood.
Andrea, Portland: Randall Children’s Super Healers
Growing up in a small, isolated town in Alaska, Andrea had always dreamt of going to a big city like Paris. In 2003, at age 15, her wish came true because of supporters like you. She visited the Eiffel Tower, The Louvre and Musee d’Orsay. More than a decade later, Andrea looks back on the experience with fond memories. “Make-A-Wish truly changes lives,” she said. “It encourages children to reach for the unobtainable. It provides hope, opportunity and a light at the end of the tunnel.”
Andrew, 13, Springfield: Drew’s Crew
Andrew always wanted to visit the Atlantis Resort because of the famous waterslide that sends guests traveling through a shark tank. He also wanted to snorkel through the ruins of Atlantis and swim with dolphins. All of this came true on his wish. Andrew not only took away lifelong memories from this trip, but something else as well. Andrew said, “It impacted me to look at my life and realize that I have a really good one compared to other kids.”
Anna, 5, Milwaukie: Team Anna
Anna loves adventures almost as much as she loves animals. That’s why she had wished for every set of tiny collectible figurines called Calico Critters. On the day of her wish she found out that she would be following a map through the Portland Children’s Museum to locate each set. “She and her sister have huge imaginations, so it’s awesome to watch [them play] because they sort of get lost in this Calico land,” said her dad. “She’s been exposed to so many great things through Make-A-Wish.”
Ashlynn, 4, Camas: This is Our Fight Walk
For a 4-year-old girl whose favorite characters are Mickey Mouse and Goofy, she chose the perfect place to go for her wish. Ashlynn will be going to Walt Disney World® Resort this spring. Ashlynn, who suffers from lymphoblastic lymphoma, has already set some goals that she would like to accomplish during her upcoming trip. She wants to meet Cinderella in her castle. She also wants to get autographs from her favorite characters and even has her autograph book all ready to go.
Ayden, 12, Vancouver: Team Ayden
Ayden’s interests are many and varied, but the two things he loves most are fishing and skateboarding. He was recently referred to Make-A-Wish Oregon and is still deciding on his one true wish. Whatever he decides, Ayden will need YOUR support and generosity to make his wish come true.
Baybeblue, 9, Milwaukie: The Baybeblue Bunch
Baybeblue loves to spend her time watching music videos on Youtube. That’s why for her wish, she wanted to be in her very own pop music video. Baybeblue’s wish came true with the help of Candice Russell, who appeared on season 11 of American Idol, and Visual Aid, a Portland-based production house. “She cannot speak so she described the wish in smiles,” said Baybeblue’s mom. "We loved our experience and love that we have made memories that will last forever."
Brody, 9, Portland
Brody’s wish to go on a Disney Cruise Line® cruise allowed him to spend quality time with his family. Before he set sail, his volunteer wish granters threw him a superhero-themed party and invited members of the Portland Superhero Coalition to help celebrate his wish. Brody, who loves Marvel’s The Avengers, took the top spot in a superhero trivia contest.
Brooklyn, 3, Harrisburg: Brooklyn's Braves
For a girl who loves Disney’s Frozen, there’s no better place to go than Walt Disney World® Resort. At the heart of her wish was to meet her two favorite characters - Anna and Elsa. In September 2015, her wish came true. Brooklyn also got to visit Universal Studios and Sea World. “I’ve never seen her smile so much in my entire life,” said Brooklyn’s mother. “She really had a great time.”
Brycson, 7, Monmouth: Team Randall Children’s Super Healers
Brycson loves using his imagination. That’s why he wished to go to a theme park that’s founded on the imagination of the one-and-only Walt Disney. This 6-year-old was lucky enough to visit Walt Disney World® Resort during one of the most magical times of the year — Christmas. Brycson and his family got to see the park decorated for Christmas, as well as attend Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. He also let his imagine run wild at Universal Studios and SeaWorld.
Camden, 4, Camas: Alaska Airline Superheroes
It’s not too often that you get to spend your fourth birthday at Walt Disney World® Resort, but that’s exactly what Camden did. “Our trip was indeed magical,” said Camden’s mom. “We got to see the Electrical Parade, Lights on the Castle, and Wish Fireworks at Magical Kingdom on Camden's birthday. He was convinced it was all for him on his birthday. It was awesome!” Camden and his family also visited Universal Orlando and SeaWorld.
Cason, 12, Cornelius: Alaska Airlines Superheroes
“My wish is to go to Haines, Alaska, and see a wolverine,” an enthusiastic Cason explained. Cason was 9 years old when he and his family went on a trip of a lifetime and came face-to-face with his favorite animal - the wolverine. Cason wanted to meet a wolverine because they are tiny and tough - just like him. During his trip to Alaska, this animal-lover not only fulfilled his dream of meeting a wolverine, but was also able to go whale watching, salmon fishing and dog sledding.
Cody, 15, Vancouver: Together for Cody
Awesome. Amazing. Those were the words Cody used to describe his wish to go to Turtle Bay Resort in Hawaii in January 2015. Besides relaxing on the beach, he learned to surf and got to go fishing. Cody said he loved every minute. His parents said the best part was sitting and watching the amazing sunset and feeling grateful and blessed that the whole family is together after the year they’ve had.
Cohen, 8, Beaverton: Dynamic Trio
Cohen is a thrill seeker. That’s why he wished to go to Walt Disney World® Resort in 2014 when he was 6 years old. His goal was to experience all the rides – especially Pirates of the Caribbean. He also went to Universal Studios where he rode the Transformers Ride, which immediately became his favorite. He said one of the best things about his trip was having all-you-can-eat ice cream at Give Kids the World Village.
Cole, 11, Portland
From the rides and meals with his favorite characters to a special tour of the airplane cockpit, Cole’s trip to Disneyland® Resort in 2013 was a wish-come-true. One of his favorite parts was riding Scream Mountain. His mom said that she hasn’t seen him smile so much in a long time.
Connor, 9, Battle Ground
One of Connor’s favorite characters happens to reside in one of the most iconic theme parks. That’s why he wished to go to the Disneyland Resort in May 2014. On the first day of his trip, this 7-year-old had the exclusive opportunity to have a meet-and-greet with one of Walt Disney’s most beloved characters, Mickey Mouse! Connor also got to see what else California had to offer when he set sail to spend an evening with a crew of pirates at the Pirate’s Dinner Adventure in Buena Park.
Denton, 21, Battle Ground: Alaska Airlines Superheroes
Denton is an extremely talented musician. That’s why he had wished for his own recording studio in April 2012. Denton’s studio came complete with a MacBook Pro, recording software, Firewire audio system, speakers, microphone, keyboard, soundproof materials and furniture. Denton also got to visit K103fm and witness how a radio station operates.
Destiny, 12, Portland: Destiny's Crew
Because of her wish, Destiny was able to participate in her own 5K with Cassie Jastrzembski, a woman from Michigan who runs races in Destiny’s honor. Destiny, who was 11 at the time, suffers from a metabolic disorder. Since she can’t physically run in her own races, she was matched up with Cassie through a nonprofit organization called I Run 4. While using a cart that she could be pushed in, Destiny’s wish came true during Make-A-Wish Oregon’s Walk For Wishes® event in 2014.
Draven, 6, Vancouver
Draven and his family spent Christmas in Walt Disney World® Resort. Draven, who is six, had a magical time meeting characters, riding attractions and spending time with his loved ones. He was even able to journey over to Universal Studios’ Island of Adventure so he could come face-to-face with his favorite Marvel superheroes. The entire family could hardly contain their excitement for this trip because they hadn’t taken a vacation in years.
Elizabeth, 13, Aloha: The Beaslebees
When asked why she wished to go to Maui, Elizabeth said she wanted to go somewhere warm and relax with her family. Thanks to local supporters, Elizabeth’s wish comes true in May. In addition to relaxing with the family, she’ll also go snorkeling, receive surf lessons and experience an authentic Hawaiian luau.
Ella, 13, West Linn: Ella's Spectacular Supporters
Ella has dealt with more than most teenagers have. A few years ago, Ella suffered a stroke that sent her into a coma. Doctors diagnosed with a cerebrovascular disease. Ella said that the anticipation of her wish to go on a Caribbean cruise helped her get through all the tough treatments. She said that kissing the dolphins during a shore excursion was “really cool.” Erin, Ella’s mother, said that it was great to see her daughter forget about the stroke and to be a kid again.
Ellerie, 4, Beaverton: Team Ellerie
Ellerie was diagnosed with a brain tumor at a very young age, but that hasn’t stopped her from enjoying life. One of her favorite things to do is swim - a skill she learned recently. When Make-A-Wish Oregon asked for her one true wish, Ellerie said she wanted to "swim with the fishes." She chose to go to Aulani: A Disney Resort in Hawaii. Ellerie’s father, Scott, said, “She felt confident and normal the entire time, and kept squealing ‘we’re in Hawaii.’”
Eva, 7, Portland: Team Eva
How did Eva’s wish granters help her get ready for her trip to Maui? They invited a professional hula dancer to her send-off party to teach Eva and her friends the traditional dance. Eva wished to go to Hawaii so she can spend time with her family on a warm beach. She also wants to feed sea turtles, see palm trees and swim in the ocean.
Gabrielle, 17, Sherwood: First Choice Wishes for Gabrielle
Gabrielle loves relaxing in the new hot tub that Make-A-Wish Oregon granted her late last year. She wished for a hot tub because the warm water helps ease some of the discomforts from her illness. The team that installed the hot tub also made sure that Gabrielle received an umbrella to keep the Northwest's ever-changing weather at bay.
Hannah, 18, Beaverton: Hope for Hannah
Beyond the rides, the swimming pools and the on-deck movies lay experiences far more profound. For Hannah, who wished to go on a Disney Cruise Line® cruise in 2013, the most memorable part of the trip was the joy, the smiles and the laughter that the wish brought. “I’ve never seen Hannah smile so big and so much in her whole life,” said Hannah’s mom. “It was absolutely magnificent.”
Jacob, 14, Eugene: Jacob's Heart Story
Jacob, 13, loves comic books and superheroes – especially Spider-Man. That’s why he wished to meet his favorite comic book creator. In June 2015, Jacob, along with his family, traveled to Dallas, Texas, to meet the former president and chairman of Marvel Comics. “Jacob was truly star struck after his most wild dream had come true,” said his mom. “He was just on top of the world at Comic Con and meeting his hero.”
Jade, 12, Portland: Randall Children’s Super Healers
Ahoy! Jade loves SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer. That’s why she wished to go on a Nickelodeon Cruise. Jade and her family traveled to the Caribbean in September 2013 on the Norwegian Breakaway. While on the cruise Jade met some of her favorite Nickelodeon stars, as well as participated in other activities including Kid’s Crew and shore excursions.
Jaden, 14, Forest Grove: Alaska Airlines Superheroes
In May 2011, Jaden visited a galaxy far, far away for a weekend that he’ll never forget - it was Walt Disney World® Resort’s Star Wars Weekend. Jaden attended Jedi Training Academy to further his understanding of the Force, fought the evil Sith Lord Darth Maul and even spent time with a few of the galaxy’s greatest heroes. He also made sure to check out one of Disney’s classic attractions, Star Tours.
Jocelyn, 17, Portland: Team Tribal
Jocelyn loves the water and the things associated with it – things like the beach, snorkeling and dolphins. Thanks to your support, she’ll soon enjoy these things and more during her upcoming wish to go to Hawaii.
Josh, 17, Aurora: The Joshanators
For a teenager who loves video games, being able to hang out with the designers of his favorite game was a dream-come-true. In February 2013, when Josh was 14 years old, he and his family flew to Los Angeles to visit one of the biggest makers of video games. Josh said it was the best day of his life. His parents said they appreciated the ability to enjoy so much quality time together.
Josiah, 7, Milwaukie
For a boy who loves Disney’s “Cars” movie, it was no surprise that Josiah wished to go to Cars Land at Disneyland® Resort. He also loves Spider-Man, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and fireworks.
Kaleb, 8, Oregon City: Team Kaleb Ikaika
Kaleb’s wish to go to LEGOLAND was extra special because it took place over his 6th birthday. He said it was the best place he’s ever been. Why? “Because it has a lot of LEGOs,” explained Kaleb. His favorite part was building a mini-LEGO figure of himself with the master LEGO builder. The family also spent time at the San Diego Zoo, hanging out in the sun and playing in the hotel swimming pools.
Karissa, 8, Aloha: Karissa's Heroes
Three-year-old Karissa wished to go to Walt Disney World® Resort so she could spend time with her favorite princess, Ariel. In 2011, Karissa’s wish came true. In addition to meeting the Little Mermaid at Walt Disney World Resort, she met Princess Aurora, Tiana, Cinderella, Belle, Jasmine and Pocahontas. She also visited Universal Studios and Sea World with her family.
Katie, 11, Vancouver: Team Raffa
One of Katie’s favorite activities is swimming. And one of her favorite animals is dolphins. That’s why she wished to go to Hawaii, where she can swim with dolphins in warm water. Although her muscles are affected by her illness, that didn’t stop her from enjoying an Aloha adventure. She and her family went parasailing and zip-lining while on her wish. Katie’s parents said that Katie called this her “dream vacation.”
Katie (in memory of), Powell Butte: Katie's Stars
It’s not every day that the fiercest competitor on an all-boys baseball team is a girl. But that’s a title that Katie willingly accepted during her time with the Oregon City Pioneers. Her career, however, was cut short when she was diagnosed with brain cancer. Before her passing, Make-A-Wish Oregon was able to grant Katie’s wish to attend a Seattle Mariners baseball game with her former team. “Our daughter only had 13 years on this earth, but she made such an impact,” said her mother.
Kaylee, 16, Lebanon: Kaylee's Hearbeats
In February 2015, Kaylee attended one of music’s biggest nights. This rap music fan hung out with some of the top musical talents at the 57th Annual Grammy’s. Kaylee arrived in a limo, got to walk the red carpet and snap a few photos with some celebrities. “The whole trip made me feel very special and the fact that my family was included was amazing,” said Kaylee. “Thank You Make-A-Wish for giving me memories to last a lifetime.”
Kirra, 8, Salem: Team Sparkles
Kirra loves everything about Disney. That’s why she wished to visit Disneyland® Resort in 2012. During her three-day trip, she had a packed schedule that included eating lunch with princesses at Ariel’s Grotto and meeting Mickey Mouse. When asked which character was her favorite, she said it wouldn’t be fair to pick just one. After the family returned from the wish trip, Kirra immediately asked her mom when they plan to go back.
Kylee, 5, Portland
When Kylee wished to go to Walt Disney World® Resort she knew exactly what she wanted to do - and that was to visit the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique so she could become a princess. She also wanted to visit some of her favorite characters, which include Mickey Mouse, Anna and Elsa. “Disney World was amazing,” said Kylee’s mom. “The characters were amazing. They treated Kylee like royalty and one of her favorite parts of the experience.”
Lexi, 6, Portland: Team Lexi
Lexi loves all things princess. So when Make-A-Wish Oregon asked for her one true wish, she wished to go to Disneyland® Resort to – you guessed it – meet the princesses. Lexi also enjoyed the rides. Her favorites were the Toy Story ride, Symphony Swings and the Bugs Life World – saying that they were “so much fun!” What made it even more special was being able to hang out with the cast of The Aladdin Show after one of the performances.
Liam, 6, Beaverton: Team Liam
Giggled and laughed. That’s how Liam’s wish escorts described his reaction to meeting his favorite cartoon characters. Liam’s mom says something about the characters help soothe him and makes him feel better when things get tough. Even the show’s music brings him joy. For his wish, in addition to meeting his favorite characters, Liam toured the studio and learned what it takes to put together an episode.
Lily, 14, Tigard: Team LilyBugs
In November 2011, Lily went on her dream trip. She got to go on a Disney Cruise Line® cruise to the Bahamas and swim with dolphins. Lily described the animals as smooth and said they were bigger than she expected. The wish was also special because her dad returned from serving in Iraq just in time for the trip. Although her wish took place five years ago, Lily and her family are still involved with Make-A-Wish Oregon today.
Maddie, 16, Salem: Maddie's Wish Walkers
Maddie’s wish to visit the “most magical place on Earth” came true in 2007. In addition to the Walt Disney World® Resort, she explored Universal Studios and Sea World while in Florida. Today, Maddie helps other wish kids like her by supporting Walk For Wishes. In 2014, she was our top individual fundraiser at the event.
Mason, 5, Portland: Superhero Squad
Mason’s wish to go to San Diego last year gave him a new perspective. His mom said, “For a moment, he could feel that cancer wasn’t all that bad. It has brought him love and support from so many people.” While in San Diego, Mason visited LEGOLAND and the San Diego Zoo. His favorite part was swimming at the resort, because his mom said he hadn’t been able to swim since he was diagnosed with leukemia.
Michael, 6, Keizer: Fighting For Michael
Six-year-old Michael loves the movie Cars, so for his wish it made sense that he wanted to visit Lightning McQueen and all of his friends. Luckily, Disneyland Resort’s California Adventure just happens to be the home of Radiator Springs. “Michael loved meeting all the Cars characters and getting a tour of Radiator Springs,” said Michael’s mom. “Everything was so perfect.”
Miles, 15, Camas: Smiles for Miles
The 2015 College Football Championship Game wasn’t just a big opportunity for the University of Oregon Ducks, but also for 14-year-old Miles. He said it was "so cool to be a part of history" and thought Stadium town was amazing. Miles' parents said his favorite parts were getting picked up by a limo and seeing his name and photo on the stadium big screen.
Nicholas, 11, Vancouver: No one fights alone! Team Nicholas!
For an 11 year old boy who loves Donald Duck and Goofy and has always wanted to go on a cruise, a trip on board a Disney Cruise Line® ship is the perfect wish. Final plans are still being made for Nicholas’ wish trip, but on his list of things to do: swimming, snorkeling, spending time in the ocean and having fun with his family.
Noelle, 7, Sherwood: Team Ellie
There’s no better place to go than the Walt Disney World® Resort if you want to spend time with a princess. That’s why Noelle decided to go there for her wish. During one of her many adventures in the Magic Kingdom, Noelle spent time with Princess Aurora at the Wish Lounge. Not only did she take pictures with Aurora, she read a book with her, which is one of Noelle’s favorite activities. The fun didn’t stop there; she also visited Universal Studios and Sea World.
Ozzy, 13, Beaverton
Ten-year-old Ozzy had an action packed week in August 2013. Ozzy wished to go to Walt Disney World® Resort in Orlando, Florida, where he met many characters, including Stitch, Chip and Dale. He also spent plenty of time exploring the Animal Kingdom. After spending a few days at Disney World he then went to Universal Orlando where got his very own wand from Harry Potter Land.
Ramsey, 9, Vancouver: Alaska Airlines Superheroes
Like many 3-year-olds, Ramsey loves Disney. That’s why his wish was to go to Disneyland® Resort in December 2009. Ramsey’s father said it was priceless seeing his son’s happiness when he saw Mickey Mouse for the first time. His dad said that being treated so special from beginning to end was the most memorable part for their son and the rest of their family.
Ravyn, 13, Salem: Wishing Upon a Star
Ravyn enjoys playing on the computer. That is why she had wished for her very own laptop computer in August 2011. Along with the laptop, she received software I-XL and Portal-Portal. Ravyn’s volunteer wish granters presented the laptop at a special party at Chuck E. Cheese’s with her friends and family there to help her celebrate her wish-come-true.
Ryder, 3, Beaverton: Team Ninja
Ryder has one goal: to hug Mickey Mouse and Goofy. He’ll have a chance to meet both of these popular characters in April when his wish to go to Walt Disney World® Resort comes true. His mom says he’s an energetic little boy who loves to walk and explore, something he’ll also get to do at the resort.
Sapphire, 6, Beaverton: Dynamic Trio
It’s not every day that you get to spend your birthday with an ensemble of Disney princesses. But that’s exactly what Sapphire did during her wish to go to Walt Disney World® Resort in July 2013. One of Sapphire’s favorite parts of the trip was being able to meet all of these princesses during her birthday lunch at the Akershus Royal Banquet Hall. Sapphire’s mom described the overall experience as “magical” and “a dream come true.”
Susie, 5, Battle Ground: Team Ariel
Five-year-old Susie had a blast visiting Walt Disney World® Resort on her wish trip. For a girl who loves dressing up as a princess, she couldn’t have chosen a better place to visit. She spent time with a few princesses while having breakfast in Cinderella’s Castle. Susie also attended the mermaid academy where she got to put on a tail and swim.
Tanner, 9, Sherwood: Team Tanner
Tanner had three requirements for his wish – it had to be fun, he wanted to be happy and he wanted to be himself. All three came true when he visited Walt Disney World® Resort, Universal Studios and Sea World in September 2014. What Tanner was looking forward to the most was riding all the attractions. Tanner’s mom said, “It was a great time for our son and us.”
Tristan, 7, Portland
Wishes are as unique as the child. Tristan, who loves to play with trains, wished to have a railroad crossing sign. Thanks to our volunteers and engineers at Willow Creek Railroad Museum in Brooks, Oregon, Tristan’s railroad crossing sign came complete with a working arm, flashing lights and bells.
Trystan, 18, Portland
Aloha! Trystan had a blast during his time in Maui last December. The 18-year-old explored as much of the island as he could. He saw local wildlife, as well as numerous scenic locations. He also spent plenty of time in the water, whether it was snorkeling, taking surf lessons or just swimming. Trystan and his family also attended a traditional luau during their last night in Maui that included plenty of Polynesian food and entertainment.
Tystan, 8, Dallas: Trystan's Team
Trystan loves Mickey Mouse, Cinderella and Disney music. So it was no surprise that he wished to go to Disneyland® Resort in 2013, when he was 6 years old. His mom said he enjoyed meeting Mickey Mouse in the special lounge reserved for wish kids. “He couldn’t believe it,” she said. During his visit, Trystan collected all sorts of Disney pins and hats, and enjoys to showing them off to anyone who’s interested.
Urijah, 3, Sherwood: Team Urijah
Ask him about any character in Disney’s “Planes and Cars” movie and Urijah won’t have any problems telling you the character’s name. He loves all Disney movies, but that one is one of his favorites. Thanks to supporters like you, he’ll soon get to meet some of his childhood heroes when he goes to Walt Disney World® Resort for his wish experience.
Zoe, 16, Vancouver: Zoe’s Zebras
Zoe isn’t just your usual Disney movie fan. She particularly loves the animated movies and all that goes into creating an animated work – everything from research to the character’s backstory. Currently, her favorite movie is “Inside Out.” In April, her wish to tour her favorite animation studio comes true thanks to supporters like you.