Seventeen-year-old Kimberly was diagnosed with a tumor that led her on a challenging journey of frequent medical checkups and surgeries. After a particularly intense surgery, Kimberly was given the devastating news that she would never be able to walk again. But with incredible determination and a positive outlook, she defied odds and began walking soon after. She even left the hospital five months earlier than she was scheduled to.
When Make-A-Wish volunteers asked Kimberly what she wished for, she had no hesitation as to what she wanted. With her passion for traveling, she knew she wanted to visit the gorgeous French Polynesian island of Mo'orea with her mom. She wanted to go somewhere tropical where she could relax and forget about her illness. A few months later, Kimberly was surprised with the news that she would be going to Mo’orea with an awesome wish reveal at the Make-A-Wish Greater LA office! Counting down the days, she couldn’t wait for her trip!
Upon Kimberly’s arrival in Mo’orea she was greeted with music and a traditional flower lei. She felt so special. Filled with excitement, Kimberly said, “I just felt like a normal kid. I felt relieved and relaxed. I had no worries in the world.” Kimberly credits her new-found confidence to her wish. “The wish showed me the world and inspired me to continue to be positive!” Kimberly’s fondest memory of her trip was seeing her mother so happy. “My mom would never cry in front of me. But my aunts would tell me she would break down and cry once she left my room. Seeing her parasailing and screaming ‘I feel free,’ made me so happy!”
Today, Kimberly continues to have such a great spirit and is doing well. She enjoys spending her time writing her new book, which she hopes can inspire other children with critical illnesses. She also enjoys coloring, watching her favorite TV show, Ellen, and learning about astronomy. She is back in school, and has finished her treatment for now, but goes into the hospital for check-ups every three months. Kimberly says, “I like to call myself the chosen one. Not everyone goes through a sickness, but to be able to come out of it shows strength!”
Kimberly’s wish was generously sponsored by Subaru’s Share the Love campaign!