When Mila underwent intensive treatment for a tumor in her eye, her Grover doll accompanied her on every hospital visit.
He was her constant comfort throughout more than a year of chemotherapy and surgeries. Grover even donned a scrub cap as Mila, then four, underwent surgery to have her eye removed.
This spring, Mila’s wish transported her and Grover away from the hospital to a tropical destination full of their favorite fuzzy friends. The pair shed their hospital wear for beach wear and enjoyed a week of sunshine, adventures, surprises, and joy.
Mila wished to go to Sesame Street at Beaches Turks and Caicos so she could meet the real Grover! Wherever she went, Grover and his Sesame Street pals were there. A parade and a Caribbean beach party with the colorful gang, and surprise encounters with them throughout the resort, kept her giggling all week long.
Basking in beach time and family time, Mila savored being able to choose a new adventure each day. Her family saw her confidence return and her strength shine through as she tried kayaking, snorkeling, and even took a ride on a catamaran. Best of all, Mila celebrated her fifth birthday with a surprise delivery: a cake and birthday serenade from Grover!
Says her mom, Dawn, “Mila’s wish gave us back some of the time we lost during her treatments and surgeries…Our hearts smiled the whole time we were there.”