A Tahitian Dream Come True

by Allison Wallace

Our National charity of choice is the Make-A-Wish-Foundation whom we have proudly supported since 2003. The mission at the Make-A-Wish Foundation is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. This is the story of Maggie and her dream to visit Tahiti:

There are truly not enough words to describe 14 year old Maggie. Despite her battle against optic nerve glioma, she is an amazing young woman: energetic, captivating, and beautiful inside and out.

The first memory her wish grantors have of Maggie, is seeing her smile beaming through the glass of her front door as they pulled into her driveway for their first visit. When Maggie spoke with her wish grantors, she talked very lovingly of her family and friends, especially her two best friends who went with her for her treatments in hospital. When asked about her one true heartfelt wish, Maggie whispered her wish of going to Tahiti and seeing fish through the glass floor of a Tahitian hut.

Maggie in Tahiti
After her wish was giv-en the go-ahead, plans for her Wish Reveal went into high gear. Wish grantor Wayne pulled out his magic wand and everything came together amazingly. With the help of Mag-gie’s parents and friends, Make-A-Wish surprised Maggie with a party on the front lawn complete with Tahitian dancers and a Tahitian hut – there was even TV coverage!

On October 20, 2012, Maggie and her mom, Melanie, left their home at 6:00am and boarded a plane for Tahiti . After almost a full day in transit, they arrived in Tahiti. Even though they were physically exhausted, Maggie still clearly remembers the aroma of flowers in the air and the “beautiful crystal blue water!”

Maggie said the trip was everything she’d could have possibly imagined and more. She walked in the ocean with dolphins, enjoyed the beautiful beaches and took in all the sights and breathtaking beauty the island had to offer.

Maggie and her mom will forever have this memory “to treasure and think about when [they] need a lift in there spir-its.” Maggie and Make-A-Wish are incredibly thankful to Flight Centre Canada for helping to make Mag-gie’s Tahitian Escape—a dream come true!


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