The last few months have brought a bit of normalcy in the rhythm of Brennen’s treatments. He takes his usual medications daily and every 28 days goes in to Children’s for a treatment. We are thankful that he has been very active this summer doing the things 8-year old boys love to do. He and some friends even took a 21-mile hike around Lake Geneva!
Over a year ago Brennen sat down with Make-A-Wish volunteers in San Luis Obispo, CA. When they asked him if he could do anything his answer was, “a Disney cruise to DisneyWorld.” He had seen magazines talking about how you could do a short cruise and then spend a couple days at DisneyWorld. The volunteers said that sounded like a lot of fun but Make-A-Wish let him know that it is a policy between them and Disney that they can’t do the combined trip but could do one or the other. Brennen thought about it and decided to wish for a Disney Cruise! (keep reading below photos)
Fast-forward a year. I was contacted and asked to make a “little visit” to Make-A-Wish Wisconsin’s offices. Upon our arrival they surprised Brennen with a scavenger hunt around their office. As Brennen and the rest of the kids hunted around their offices for clues, each clue contained a piece of a puzzle that when he put together and found out that they were granting his wish. He is going on a 5-day cruise to the Caribbean at the end of January and the rest of the family gets to go too! We will be stopping in Grand Cayman and Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island.
I can’t begin to tell you how excited he was to find out about the cruise. From time to time he’s asked me if I’ve heard anything or if I think his wish might be able to be granted. He understood that a wish is something special and we never know if it’s possible to have it happen. To see the amazing staff at Make-A-Wish work so hard to make it happen makes me so grateful and humbled.
As Jenny and I have talked about the cruise we thought how amazing it would be to try to do the part that Make-A-Wish is not able to. We have spoken with Make-A-Wish and they have said we can extend our flights to allow us to go from Miami up to DisneyWorld. We are excited to start saving and fundraising to make this “surprise” part of the trip happen!
Thank you for your continued prayer and support as we trust our gracious God’s plan for our lives!