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Gabrielle wishes to go to the Walt Disney World Resort®!

  • Gabrielle Smiling

  • Gabrielle and family in front of Cinderella's Castle

  • Gabrielle with her special cake

  • Meeting Minnie Mouse

“ Throughout the entire wish experience, the memories and joy created not only had a profound effect on Gabi but on her family as well. ”

  • Gabrielle , 7

    • Leukemia
    • To Go to the Walt Disney World Resort®
  • Austin

After almost three years of fighting Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, Gabrielle was ready to go on her wish to the Walt Disney World Resort® in August 2012. She still remembers her magical trip to this day!

Her experience was unforgettable.  Make-A-Wish surprised Gabi with a VIP experience at Orlando’s major theme parks where she was treated like a princess at every turn.  Throughout their stay, Gabi got to meet all of her favorite characters.  She never had to stand in line for a ride.

The family, like all Make-A-Wish families, stayed at Give Kids The World® Resort, a 70-acre, non-profit "storybook" resort, located near Central Florida's most beloved attractions, where children with life-threatening illnesses and their families are treated to a week-long fantasy vacation. The stay includes amenities such as their own family villa, an all day Ice Cream Palace, a life-size Candyland playground and meals at the Gingerbread House Restaurant just to name a few.

Gabi had the time of her life, but each day meant just as much to her parents Kelly and Dennis. For them, it was a respite from months of worry and uncertainty.

Kelly told us, “Following the ups and downs of treatment, we knew this would be a chance for Gabi and the rest of the family to have a life-changing experience, as well as a brief distraction from the challenges she had grown accustomed to.  Throughout the entire wish experience, the memories and joy created not only had a profound effect on Gabi but on her family as well.”

Today, seven year old Gabi is finished with her treatments and her prognosis is good.  She is excited to cheer on her dad in June as he rappels down W Austin.  By participating in Over The Edge, a fundraiser that gives participants the opportunity to summon their own courage in order to experience a daring and exciting thrill, Gabi’s father is helping to grant wishes just like hers!

Learn how you can get involved in Over The Edge by clicking here.

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