After a full year of chemotherapy and radiation for Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare type of cancer, eight-year-old Thomas and his family were introduced to Make-A-Wish through his social worker.
Thomas saw his wish as an opportunity to explore a new place, play, and have fun - a simple joy that kids like Thomas often miss out on when battling a critical illness. He had recently developed an interest in volcanoes after learning about them in school. He loved to hear stores from people who had gotten the chance to experience visiting them in person. Thomas wished to visit a tropical island where he could not only see a volcano up close, but experience the thrill of swimming with dolphins. He wished to go to Hawaii.
Soon, Thomas and his family were on a plane, headed on the trip of a lifetime to experience first-hand the stories he had heard about the islands. From hiking up Diamond Head Crater, to exploring the tropical island, to swimming with dolphins, Thomas says his wish experience was something he’ll never forget.
“Everything was effortless,” his mother, Tricia, said. “I didn’t have to worry about a thing. He had the best time swimming with the dolphins. He talks about it everywhere we go. It was a chance for him to not worry about doctors or being hooked up to machines. He got to do what he wanted.”
“The trip was nice for all four of us to spend some downtime and enjoy ourselves,” she continued. “In the past year, we were not all together because of work, school, and running from one doctor to another.”
Thomas’ wish to go to Hawaii was a much-needed reprieve from the anxiety and worries that accompany the fight against a critical illness. Thomas completed chemotherapy in February and, currently, has no sign of illness. Instead, he has memories from his wish that he will cherish forever.
Thomas' wish to go to Hawaii was made possible by Jersey Mike's Subs 2018 March Month of Giving campaign.