Sydney is an eight-year-old girl who likes coloring, drawing and playing the violin. While Sydney lives with her parents and brother in Chicago, her grandparents as well as other family members live in Taiwan. In 2012 Sydney was diagnosed with leukemia and she spent the next four years in treatment at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital. While going through treatment Sydney didn’t get to see her family in Taiwan because she was unable to travel and her family members were also not able to come to Chicago.
“They were devastated,” Sydney’s mom, Valentine, said of the family when they got the news. “They thought there was nothing they could do to help, and they couldn’t come see her.”
In order to show their love and support the whole family folded one thousand paper cranes and one thousand paper stars and shipped them to Chicago to wish her well. Some cultures believe that anyone who folds a thousand paper cranes will be granted a wish, and in 2015 Sydney’s wish came true! She wished to travel to Taiwan to see her family again for the first time in four years.
Sydney’s grandparents were thrilled to see their granddaughter again, giving her lots of hugs and taking her to all kinds of fun places such as amusement parks, the zoo and Taipei 101, one of the tallest buildings in the world. Sydney had so much fun she wanted to stay in Taiwan.
“She felt deeply loved and very special, and she’s really happy!” Valentine said. “She learned from the kindness and generosity of Make-A-Wish. Thank you so much for granting such a wonderful wish for her.”