When Isa envisioned her heart’s one true wish, she imagined herself on the beautiful white sand beaches of Hawaii. A vision the 11-year-old captured in this original poem she titled Island Dream:
“Bright and beautiful hula dancers, telling a story.
Warm, grainy sand tickling my toes.
Children’s joyful laughter amid the crashing waves.
Juicy crab, fresh and salty from the sea.
Nose-tingling tuberose lei, welcoming me to my island dream.”
Make-A-Wish® Oregon granted Isa’s wish to go to Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa, in 2017.
“When I found out my wish could come true, it was really exciting,” said Isa. “Then we just started counting down the days."
Isa's wish marked a new beginning, after a challenging year.
"I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder called Juvenile Dermatomyositis," said Isa. "At first, I started getting weaker and I was getting sores everywhere. I don’t really know after that because I started getting sleepy.”
“It was kind of scary at first, but it got easier over time since I was having to have doctors’ appointments a lot," she added. "I didn't think about that at all when I was in Hawaii, and I'm doing much better now."
The wish trip also united Isa’s extended family from Guam, who traveled to Hawaii to spend time with Isa.
“It was really fun seeing all of my family, I don’t get to see everyone in the same place a lot,” said Isa. “The resort was really big and really fun, it was right on the beach, and I liked being able to walk out on the beach and play.”
Isa is a Make-A-Wish Oregon Wish Ambassador, who is choosing to Wish It Forward to other local children waiting for their wish to come true, by helping us raise awareness.
“Kids who get wishes are really happy when they get them, they don’t really get to wish to get better,” she added.
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