Carefully packing her suitcase, Eliana daydreams about the adventures that lie in store for her. It feels good to be leaving home for something exciting, instead of heading to the hospital again. It’s been a long road of procedures and treatments since being diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma, and Eliana yearns to feel carefree again. She lays out a special outfit for her flight before she drifts to sleep.
In the morning, the four-year-old awakens early, pulls on her special outfit and soon, she and her family are on their way. Eliana fluffs her princess skirt proudly as she emerges from the limousine at the airport. Her wish to go to Walt Disney World Resort is coming true!
When Eliana and her family arrive at the Florida theme parks, she can hardly contain her excitement as her favorite Disney stories come to life all around her. She is simply enchanted, dashing from ride to ride and meeting so many familiar characters. The highlight of her trip was befriending Mickey Mouse and her favorite princess, Princess Sofia, who embraced Eliana warmly as the four-year-old beamed with joy. All week long, Eliana relishes the feeling that she, too, is receiving the royal treatment.
Eliana returned home with souvenirs, memories, and renewed courage and resilience that continue to keep her strong in the face of her illness.