Isaiah is a 14-year-old freshman enjoying his first year at Venus High School. Four years ago, Isaiah discovered a lump on his thumb. At first, medical professionals believed it to be a ganglion cyst. After consulting with a surgeon, Isaiah and his parents were encouraged to have the cyst removed. During surgery, the mass was discovered to be larger than first thought, and malignant. After a pathology report, Isaiah was diagnosed with a soft tissue sarcoma. Avoiding amputation, Isaiah now undergoes an MRI & chest CT every six months.
A year and a half after Isaiah's diagnosis, his younger sister, Ivy, was diagnosed with Leukemia. Ivy's social worker spoke to her family about Make-A-Wish.
“We always assumed that Make-A-Wish was only for terminally ill children,” said Rosaura, Isaiah and Ivy’s mother. “After Ivy's treatments, we applied to Make-A-Wish. It was at that time we also learned that Isaiah could be eligible for a wish as well, so we referred him. A few months later, we got a call that he had been approved! Make-A-Wish has entered our life just at the right time.”
Ivy’s wish is to go to Walk Disney World Resort in Florida.
For Isaiah, a few weeks prior to meeting his wish granters, Lori and Paula, he exclaimed, "Can I ask to go to Italy!?" Isaiah has always talked about visiting Italy. His fascination with the country began after watching an episode of the Amazing Race. He claims that he needs to see Venice because he cannot understand how a city survives surrounded by water with no cars. After reading more about the ancient Romans, he knew that he would one day want to see the buildings that have remained standing for over a thousand years. And once he learned that his favorite cars are manufactured in Italy, Isaiah just has to visit the country where the Ferrari & Lamborghini are made. Not to mention his love of pizza!
“The anticipation of Isaiah’s wish has inspired him to research and he looks forward to experiencing everything about Italy,” said Rosaura.
They are now patiently waiting to hear when their wishes might be granted…