Just days before the gala took place, Taylor, age eight, who battles a life-threatening medical condition, was seen skipping through the mall singing, “We’re going to a gala. We’re going to a gala.” Taylor had just learned that she would spend her Saturday night with her family attending Make-A-Wish North Texas’ annual fundraiser. Treatments and doctors’ visits were far from her mind as all she could think about was getting to dress up like a princess and go to a “ball” wearing a pretty pink dress.
Arriving at the Waltzing for Wishes gala, Taylor’s parents knew that this was the night their daughter would find out her wish was coming true, but what Make-A-Wish North Texas had in store for the wish family, and the guests, was something no one expected. After a heated dance competition between six local celebrities, Taylor joined her family on stage as her mother shared the family’s journey since first hearing the news that their daughter was battling cancer. All eyes were on Taylor as she received news that her wish to go to Hawaii would soon come true. The crowd cheered as Taylor hugged her dad and the cheers turned into a roar when it was announced that Taylor’s wish would be the 8,000th wish granted for the North Texas chapter.
Taylor was all smiles as her and her brother danced the night away while their parents watched with joy. Soon the family will make their way to Hawaii where they will take a horseback ride along the beach, swim with dolphins and experience an authentic Hawaiian luau.
“I’m excited to swim with dolphins which are my second favorite animal,” Taylor explains while smiling. When asked what her favorite animal was, Taylor squealed “horses!”
Since 1982, Make-A-Wish North Texas has continued their efforts to grant the wishes of every eligible child in the 161 counties they serve in Texas. Now granting over 500 wishes per year, the chapter was delighted that the 8,000th wish would come from their South Plains region and thought it appropriate to share the announcement at Lubbock’s signature event.
For a child with a life-threatening medical condition, a wish experience can give back what the illness takes away. It can help children forget about being sick…remember how to be a kid…laugh out loud…and inspire them to keep making plans for the future.
Nationally, a wish is granted every 38 minutes at an average cost of $8,000. Every fulfilled wish represents a unique collaboration between wish families, medical professionals, volunteers and donors.
Make-A-Wish® Hawaii helps Make-A-Wish North Texas reveal their 8,000th wish.