The sound of crashing waves has always been music to 15-year-old Arrian’s ears. Ever since she was a little girl, Arrian was fascinated with water and couldn’t wait to go swimming after school. When she’s not enjoying a refreshing swim, this fun-loving and kindhearted teen loves to go shopping or curl up with a good book.
In 2011, Arrian was diagnosed with a neurological disorder that affects her eyes and spinal cord. This has caused her to become partially blind and occasionally paralyzes the left side of her body. Arrian is often in a lot of pain, but remains optimistic. At a time when Arrian was scared and uncertain about her future, her school nurse took notice and inquired with Make-A-Wish.
Right away Arrian knew she wanted to go somewhere that was full of activities and had a ton of sunny beaches. Arrian wished to go to the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas.
Arrian’s trip to Atlantis gave her some much needed relaxation. She spent plenty of time sunbathing on the beach and swimming through the crystal clear water. Arrian also had the amazing, and slightly scary, opportunity to swim with dolphins. Tiffany, Arrian’s mom, recalls that the most important part of the trip, however, was Arrian being able to relax on the beach for the first time in her life and not worry about her disease.
“The memories from Arrian’s wish are something that will stay with her forever and something she can look back on when times are tough,” Tiffany added. “Life is worth enjoying, although she may continue to have struggles there is always sunshine after the rain.”