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Taliyah Finds Joy at Sea


“ The whole trip was beautiful ”

- Taliyah's mother

Taliyah is a happy-go-lucky 18- year-old from Chicago.  She lives with a life-threatening autoimmune disease, but that hasn’t weakened her incredible smile. Taliyah has a strong bond with her mom, who recommended her to Make-A-Wish. These two have taken on the world together with their comical and heartwarming relationship.

Taliyah and her mom quickly hit it off with her volunteer wish granters, who were there to support the family every step of the way. Together they discovered that Taliyah wished to take to the seas for a fun-filled Disney cruise. Taliyah is a big fan of Disney, and this was the perfect opportunity for her to interact with her favorite characters all while escaping from the cold Chicago winter.

The night before they departed Taliyah was too excited to sleep, but that didn’t affect her enthusiasm the next morning. In fact, her mom didn’t even need to repeatedly call her name to get her out of bed. Taliyah was thrilled that her parents and her niece would be able to experience her wish with her. 

Taliyah’s Mom says that the whole [trip] was beautiful. Every moment was chock full of excitement, from meeting her favorite character, Mickey Mouse, to getting kissed by a dolphin, to an excursion in Blue Lagoon. She shared that this cruise was a nice chance for the whole family to take a break, relax and soak up some sun.

This girl is ready to set sail again; Taliyah had so much fun that she’s already planning her next cruise. Until that happens she’ll be preparing for her next opportunity to be a princess; prom! She’s busy with dress, hair and nail preparations for the big event.

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