Because our wish families can say it better than we can, we've asked Nory's mother to put the wish experience into words...
In August 2009, our family was blessed with the most beautiful pink bundle of joy. Honestly, not one person could have been happier to have Nory Mae grace them with her presence. Her brothers doted on her constantly and loved experiencing every new milestone along with myself and my husband. By all accounts, Nory Mae was the happiest little girl on the planet and she filled everyone around her with the same joy. As time passed, she blossomed into a sweet little girl who loved to sing and dance like the princesses she saw on TV. Nory Mae never missed one of her brothers’ sporting or school events and she always had a smile on her face.
At the tender age of 2, we noticed that our princess had stopped singing and dancing, was too tired to go to her brothers’ events, and her smile waned. In February 2012, our world was turned upside down as we learned that Nory Mae was battling leukemia. The next several months are a blur of hospital stays, clinic visits, fevers, physical therapy, medications, and fear. We all lost our smiles during those months. Our boys were shuffled between friends and family willing to share their homes and love on our “healthy” kids while my husband and I focused on Nory Mae. We spent the better part of a year, crying over our little princess and the sadness that had enveloped our lives.
Make-A-Wish® adopted our family into theirs quickly after Nory Mae’s diagnosis. They invited us to special art parties and holiday events. And they offered our princess the chance to make part of her fantasies of living among real princesses a reality. Nory Mae asked Make-A-Wish to show her where princesses live. She was granted an unbelievable opportunity to not only see where the princesses live (Walt Disney World® Resort, of course), but to meet every single one of them too! She even played with her princess figurines with Princess Belle from Disney's Beauty and the Beast!
Our family made sweet memories together for an entire week. No appointments. No sadness. Just smiles on our faces from sun-up to sun-down every single day. The trip was for Nory Mae but I think the rest of us reaped bigger rewards than she. My boys, having been left out of so much during this journey through cancer, were able to be carefree. I saw a sparkle in their eyes that I had not realized went missing. My husband and I exhaled all our worries and our children laughed together. We shared meals. We stayed up late. We found adventure. We found each other again. It. Was. Magnificent. My entire family was granted hope for a future of more times as sweet as this.
-Jennifer, Nory’s Mother