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Since her diagnosis, Cara and her family have had to spend a lot of time indoors, which for someone like Cara is a very difficult thing to do. She has always loved being outside and embracing the world for all there is to see. However, because of potential health risks her family has had to miss out on many of the outdoor activities Cara once loved. The last trip her family took before her diagnosis was to visit the beach - that was the moment Cara fell in love. The feeling of sand under her feet and being able to fly kites against the ocean breeze were memories that are ingrained in her brain. So when asked what her one true wish is, Cara knew exactly what to say.
Cara has always been very close to her family - they keep her laughing whenever things get hard. So a vital part of Cara’s wish was to do something that her whole family could enjoy together. Inspired by her beach trip pre-diagnosis, Cara knew that it was the place she wanted to revisit. However, not just any beach would do. Cara’s wish was to travel to the beautiful beaches of Hawaii with her family. From the second she arrived, Cara could not stop smiling. Her family was greeted with leis at the Honolulu airport, and were then escorted to begin their beautiful week on the islands. The week was packed with activities that would maximize their time outdoors. From a luau to a dolphin encounter, to running around on the beach, Cara’s mother noted that they were able to feel like a “normal family again”. They got to escape to a world where they didn’t have to think about treatments or risks and could just embrace being together as a family.
Cara’s parents have always tried their best to keep everything positive for Cara and her two siblings and not make them feel like they are missing out. Since her diagnosis, the smiley five-year-old’s family has discovered an inner strength they never knew they had. Cara still talks about her wish, and her mother is appreciative of the fact it was the first time since her diagnosis that Cara felt like she was “at peace”.
* Cara's wish made possible by generous support from Rydell Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram.