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Allen wished to learn how to surf at Aulani

Wish Kid Allen on Stand-Up Paddle board

“ Since returning from Allen’s wish, Allen’s parents say he has been doing great. ”

Wish Kid Allen is only five-years-old. He knows what it’s like to struggle with cancer. But ask anyone who has met him, and they’ll tell you his battle with acute lymphoid leukemia has not dampened his spirit in any way. Bright, outgoing and energetic, Allen’s Wish Granters fell in love with him immediately.

And he did not hold back when they asked that ever-so-anticipated question, “what is your wish?”

Allen loves the beach, he loves water and waterslides, but even more…..he wanted to learn to surf! So his answer? “I want to go to Aulani in Hawaii and learn to surf!”

In collaboration with Make-A-Wish Hawaii, Allen’s wish came true!  Allen, and his mom and dad, Jeffrey and Tiel, were off to Hawaii! It was time to put all the stresses of dealing with a life threatening medical condition aside, and go have some fun!

After being greeted at the airport with sunshine, smiles and traditional floral leis, Allen and his mom and dad, were off to the Aulani resort , where they were greeted once again, by Mickey and Minnie Mouse! Allen’s dad said, “It was absolutely incredible and I’ve never seen Allen so excited!”

You can imagine there is plenty to do at Aulani.  And Allen wanted to do all of it. He started at Aunty’s Beach House, hung out with some of his favorite Disney characters, and spent hours at the pool taking the plunge down the waterslide. And while he was too young to surf the famous Hawaii waves, he became a pro at the boogie board. 

Overall, the experience was “absolutely incredible,” said Allen’s dad, Jeffrey. “This was the best vacation we could ever ask for, and could ever have in a lifetime.” Not surprising then, that when it came time to head back home, they decided to stay for two more days.

Tiel said, “This trip was truly an escape from our hectic lives, and allowed us to forget about the reality of what we face each and every day.” Jeffrey added, “It truly was a dream come true for Allen, and for us.”

Since returning from Allen’s wish, Allen’s parents say he has been doing great.  “He has been so positive about going to his doctor’s appointments and continuing his treatments. We are so proud of him.”


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