As Leah looked out over the city of Paris, she couldn’t believe that she was actually looking down from the Eiffel Tower and how beautiful the thousands of twinkling lights were. Paris was Leah’s dream destination. She loved the city so much that her bedroom was decorated with a wall mural of the Eiffel Tower.
At 14 years old, the unthinkable happened in Leah’s life. She was diagnosed with a rare, sarcoma cancer. Treatment meant many months of major chemotherapy and radiation.
When Leah found out she was granted a Make-A-Wish, it didn’t take her long to chose a trip to Paris. Leah and her family left for “the city of lights” on the morning of her 15th birthday - just as she hoped. With the majority of treatment over, Leah was slowly regaining strength at this time.
For her visit, Leah chose to have a delicious dinner at the Eiffel Tower, take a bus tour of the city and shop the boutiques along the Champs Elysees. During one outing, Leah was thrilled to visit “the love lock bridge.”
“Anticipating the trip to Paris gave Leah something to look forward to during a very difficult time,” says her mother Marie. “She came home with renewed energy and a wonderful story to share with high school friends.”
Sadly, months after her trip, Leah’s cancer reoccurred and she passed away in February of 2014.
Her father Mark says, “It was a true gift to celebrate the city of lights with our brave and courageous daughter. We were grateful to see Leah so overjoyed. Thanks to Make-A-Wish, we have an amazing memory with our beautiful daughter that will last for the rest of our lives.”