The smell of fresh baked goods, the sound of the city, the large vineyards and the history of the nation is what draw so many people into Italy. Wish kid Josalyn has always been intrigued by the mystique of the Mediterranean country known for its unique shape.
Josalyn is a 17 year-old from Chicago. In the summer 2013 Josalyn was diagnosed with cancer. Referred to Make-A-Wish by a social worker at Lurie Children’s Hospital, Josalyn knew that she wanted to travel to the country that has always captivated her imagination.
Two years after being diagnosed, Make-A-Wish sent Josalyn and her family to Italy to explore her interests. They received a warm airport sendoff from the Make-A-Wish Illinois Women’s Board as they began their journey.
“I wanted to go to Italy so bad because I thought it was beautiful. We were studying Shakespeare in school and it got me very interested in Italian culture and the various cities that were in the books we read,” Josalyn said.
During her wish, Josalyn got to tour vineyards in Florence, go on a gondola ride, sight see in Rome and tour the Vatican. By far, her favorite part of the whole trip was making cannoli in Florence with professional pastry chefs.
“It was my favorite part because the chefs really took my wish to heart,” Josalyn enthused. “They shared their passion for baking with me and it was a very special experience.”
“A wish is so important because after going through being sick a wish can really bring your family closer together,” Josalyn remarked. “It’s hard to get back to normal life, but Make-A-Wish gave me back a piece of normal.”