Having been diagnosed shortly after birth with cystic fibrosis, Harper, 7, has daily treatments that seemed to be getting harder and harder. The typically feisty girl from the central Illinois town of Washington appeared to be keenly feeling different because of her illness. One day at the hospital, her family learned about Make-A-Wish and it seemed to come at just the right time to help her get through some of the tough days.
At the same time as Harper was approved for a wish, she was hooked on watching “The Brady Bunch” and she absolutely loved the Hawaii episode. She kept talking about the show with her mom and kept saying that she really wanted to go to Hawaii. So when Harper was trying to think of what she wanted her wish, Hawaii naturally was her first choice.
And so, just like the Bradys, Harper and her family jetted off to the island of Honolulu for an adventure in Hawaii. Harper and her family stayed in the same hotel as the television family and they even visited some of the same sites – Harper loved that.
“It’s really hard to put in to words just how wonderful this trip was. It was the most beautiful place we’ve ever seen. We had an absolute blast as a family. We got to experience some amazing adventures together. Knowing that everything was taken care of made it easy to just sit back, relax and enjoy it all,” Harper’s mom said.
Harper’s favorite part was when she got to swim with some dolphins. In fact, she now wants to be a dolphin trainer when she grows up. She got to learn so much about them and already looks forward to discovering more about them in the future.
Before her wish, Harper had been having a really hard time with not wanting to do her treatments and so her wish was a great reward for her.
“Harper felt special because of her illness not different,” her mom shared. “Her wish helped her to see her illness in a positive way and not as such a burden.”
Since her wish, Harper is keeping busy with school, gymnastics, dance, and is soon starting volleyball. Nothing can get in the way of this girl.