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VIDEO: Celebrating 7,000 Wishes

Alisha's Happy Wish Day e-card

“ 7,000 wishes full of hope, strength, and joy! ”

  • Alisha , 4

    • brain tumor
    • I wish to go to Walt Disney World Resort

  • Escorted by a Quincy Police Department Motorcade, Alisha and her family arrive at Logan Airport in style

  • Alisha's limo is greeted by a troupe of her favorite princesses

  • Alisha is welcomed upon arrival by Snow White and over 100 cheering fans

  • Volunteers and supporters join in the fun, holding handmade signs to cheer Alisha on

  • Officers from the Quincy Police Department’s Special Operations Motorcycle Unit present Alisha with stuffed animals

  • American Airlines employees decorated Alisha’s gate to be fit for a princess

  • Alisha gets her first glimpse of the personalized pink and purple castle created just for her

  • Alisha is escorted to the gate by her mom and Snow White

  • Alisha and her family pose with American Airlines, Something mAAgic Foundation, and Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island CEO, Charlotte Beattie

  • American Airlines employees decorated Alisha’s gate to be fit for a princess

  • The Massport Fire Department gives Alisha and her family a water salute before they take-off for Walt Disney World® Resorts

  • American Airline staff wave goodbye as Alisha’s plane takes-off for Walt Disney World® Resort

A Magical Send-off for 7000th Wish Child Alisha



View social media highlights from our 7,000th wish milestone!


Early on the morning of September 26, four-year-old wish child Alisha Savage left for her wish to go to Walt Disney World® Resort, marking a major milestone – the 7,000th wish granted by Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island!

Alisha’s milestone wish was sponsored by American Airlines and the Something mAAgic Foundation’s mAAgicSM flight, which partnered with us to create a Disney-themed celebratory send-off party for Alisha at Logan International Airport.  The family’s limousine, escorted by a Quincy Police motorcade, was met at the airport terminal by over 100 cheering fans and a costumed cast of greeters.  Alisha’s departure gate was transformed into a majestic castle and a personalized welcome announcement in the terminal ended in applause from employees and passengers.  Alisha enjoyed a royally decorated first-class seat on the aircraft, as well as a stunning water salute as her plane departed, courtesy of Massport Fire Department. 

Alisha, originally from Cork, Ireland, has stage IV atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumors, a rare childhood cancer of the central nervous system.

“As we watched Alisha the past few days and seen the sparkle in Alisha's eyes [we] got a flash of the past year and a half and were so proud of where we are today…” wrote Alisha’s mom, Michelle, on Facebook.  “So grateful and happy.  Haven’t felt these emotions since Alisha's diagnosis.”

As we celebrate our 7,000th wish,  we reflect on the past 27 years and the thousands of wish children in Massachusetts and Rhode Island who have inspired us with their courage.  We simply could not have reached this milestone without our community of generous supporters - thank you to one and all!

We are humbled knowing that we have helped to bring hope, strength, and joy to these children, their families, and all who have been touched by our mission.  We look forward to the meaningful work ahead as we continue to grant the heartfelt wishes of seriously ill children in our community.

Discover local media coverage of Alisha's 7,000th wish send-off celebration here.

You can still sign Alisha’s e-card below by clicking on “Leave a Comment.”

Photos courtesy of Michael Blanchard

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Some very special thank yous!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our 7,000 wish celebration and mAAgic flight send-off:
  • American Airlines
  • Something mAAgic Foundation® and mAAgic flight 
  • Massport
  • Logan International Airport
  • Quincy Police Department
  • Wishmakers On Campus®
  • Chi Omega
  • Avis
  • All of our volunteers and supporters!

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June 25, 2012 - 11:25 AM

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June 25, 2012 - 11:25 AM

Helen

Alisha, have an amazing time on your wish! You are going to have so much fun!

September 16, 2014 - 11:40 AM

Wendy

Alisha - You are going to be the most perfect princess at Walt Disney World! Have the best time ever.

September 19, 2014 - 9:49 AM

Jordan

Happy Wish Day, Alisha! Have a fantastic wish! Happy 7,000 wish to Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island, too. Quite a milestone!

September 19, 2014 - 9:50 AM

Amy

Princess Alisha...Have a wonderful time at Disney World! Enjoy your wish trip!

September 19, 2014 - 9:52 AM

Alexandra

Have an amazing wish trip Alisha! Congratulations on your 7,000th wish Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island!

September 19, 2014 - 9:52 AM

Lauren

Alisha, I hope that all of your dreams come true on your most special wish to Disney next week! Congratulations to the Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island team on such an impressive milestone.

September 19, 2014 - 10:47 AM

Laura

May your trip to Disney be magical and memorable!

September 19, 2014 - 11:03 AM

Meredith

Sweet Alisha -- I hope you have a magical trip to Disney World!

September 19, 2014 - 11:44 AM

Angela

Have the most amazing, very special day Alisha! May your trip to Disney be magical and everything you've ever imagined and more!

September 19, 2014 - 2:40 PM

Scott

Alisha, Hope your wish trip is super-awesome! Have fun, and please say 'hi' to all the princesses for us!
The Hartwells

September 19, 2014 - 7:32 PM

jessica

May your wish be filled with happiness.
May your smile be cheek to cheek.
May today bring you enough hope to make it through tommorow.
May your family be filled with extraordinary memories of this wish.
Xo

September 19, 2014 - 7:39 PM

Jodi and Jim

Alisha - Happy wish day :) You are the perfect princess.

September 20, 2014 - 4:37 AM

The Palhais Family

Have a Happy Wish Day Alisha! May you and your family create beautiful memories on this wonderful journey.

September 20, 2014 - 7:38 AM

Kathie

Have a MAGICAL time at Disney World, Alisha!!!!!!!! :)

September 21, 2014 - 2:48 PM

Donna

Alisha I wish you a perfectly perfect vacation in Disney World and wish I had the opportunity to see you leave !!! Kisses to the Wish Princess !

September 22, 2014 - 6:59 AM

Tammy

Have a blast Alisha and family! Enjoy every moment! Let Disney know that Princess Alisha has arrived with her Royal Family and there is lots of fun to be had by all! Best wishes!

September 22, 2014 - 7:28 AM

Lisa

Hi Alisa! Have a great time in Disney!!! Say Hi to all the Princesses and especially Mickey and Minnie!

September 22, 2014 - 7:36 AM

Erika R

Alisha, Cindrella's Castle awaits! Have an AMAZING time at Walt Disney World!

September 22, 2014 - 8:03 AM

Dina

Wish you a magical stay, we were there last year and it was amazing. Enjoy and have lots of fun.

September 22, 2014 - 8:37 AM

Kaitlin

Alisha- I hope you and your family have the most wonderful time at Walt Disney. You deserve it! And you will without a doubt be the most beautiful princess there!

September 22, 2014 - 9:41 AM

Kendra

Hi Alisha, You will be the new princess, Princess Alisha. Have alot of fun at Disney!!!

September 22, 2014 - 12:01 PM

Susann

Have a fantastic time! May each moment be better than the next.

September 22, 2014 - 3:28 PM

Lori

Alisha, I hope you have fun seeing all of the princesses, Mickey and Minnie and so many more! Alisha's family, I hope you enjoy all the wonderful moments on your trip to Disney with beautiful Alisha!

September 22, 2014 - 3:32 PM

Krista

Have a WONDERFUL trip! I hope it makes you smile to see all of these people sending you good thoughts and Wishes!

September 22, 2014 - 4:45 PM

Lori

Have fun pretty girl! Give Minnie a big kiss

September 22, 2014 - 8:30 PM

Kristen

I hope you have a magical time at Disney World, Princess Alisha!

September 23, 2014 - 9:10 AM

Laurie

Your heart, spirit and beautiful smiling face will make you the best princess ever!!

September 23, 2014 - 9:45 AM

Chris

I can't wait. Only three more days to go before you fly off to Walt Disney World. We will make sure they know to expect Princess Alisha!

September 23, 2014 - 9:47 AM

Victoria

Have a wonderful time at Disney, Princess Alisha :)

September 23, 2014 - 9:49 AM

Virginia

Alisha,

Have a wonderful time in Disney and do not worry about your illness. Just have fun and enjoy.

September 23, 2014 - 10:32 AM

Katherine

Have a MAGICAL wish trip full of joy and happiness. Give Mickey and Minnie and all the princesses big hugs and have fun fun fun!

September 23, 2014 - 1:37 PM

QUINCY POLICE SPECIAL OPERATIONS MOTORCYCLE UNIT

I think we are as excited for your trip as you are!!!
We will see you Friday morning bright and early.

September 23, 2014 - 2:42 PM

The Troy's

Have a great trip Alisha!!!

September 23, 2014 - 5:20 PM

Shannon

I hope you have an amazing time Alisha!

September 23, 2014 - 8:52 PM

Kasey Kelly Trust Fund

Have a fantastic time Alisha. You deserve your wish so much.

September 24, 2014 - 1:13 AM

Kim

have a great time in Disney World Alisha xxx

September 24, 2014 - 2:19 AM

Emily

You're the most beautiful princess in all of Disney World!

September 24, 2014 - 5:54 AM

Lynne

happy wish day, princess alisha!! have an awesome time on your wish trip. say hello to mickey and minnie for me!!

September 24, 2014 - 7:48 AM

long family

Alisha have a great trip,lots of hugs & kisses from everyone back in ireland

September 24, 2014 - 11:23 AM

Drew

Have a blast at Disney World! And please say 'hello' to Mickey and Minnie for me!

September 24, 2014 - 11:31 AM

Mary

Alisha - I hope you have a magical time at Disney!!

September 24, 2014 - 11:41 AM

terrie

Alisha, have an amazing time, u will be the belle of the ball at Disneyland, enjoy every second of it sweet little princess 👸

September 24, 2014 - 1:06 PM

Mark

Dearest Alisha, enjoy the magic of Disney with your family and all the Princesses!

September 24, 2014 - 1:25 PM

John

Alisha, have a great time at Disney!

September 24, 2014 - 4:45 PM

muiread

Thankyou Massachusetts & Rhode Island make a wish for granting our little Alisha her wish. She is is very excited and cannot wait for this magical trip. From Nana & Grandad Savage & family.

September 24, 2014 - 6:01 PM

Teresa

Alisha, I hope you have an amazing trip and you make some wonderful, magical memories!!!
God Bless!!!

September 24, 2014 - 6:32 PM

Laura

Alisha, have a wonderful trip with your family, it will be truly magical, a dream come true!

September 24, 2014 - 6:36 PM

Meghan

Alisha- I hope you have the most magical Wish Trip!! You and your family will create such wonderful memories together...enjoy it!! :-)

September 24, 2014 - 9:19 PM

Jessica

Happy Wish Day Alisha! I know you and your family will have the best time in Disney. Thanks for letting us all be a part of your special day.

September 25, 2014 - 4:41 AM

Cathy S

Have a wonderful time at Disney World Alisha!! Give Mickey and Minnie a hug for me and say hello to Belle!

September 25, 2014 - 4:46 AM

Amy

I hope Disney is ready to add one more beautiful princess to their cast and you certainly are beautiful, Alisha! Have fun every minute during your special Wish! xo

September 25, 2014 - 5:08 AM

LInda

Have a magical trip Princess Alisha!

September 25, 2014 - 5:21 AM

Joan

Alisha, you are a beautiful princess! You and your family will have sooooo much fun at Disney! Have a great time!

September 25, 2014 - 5:32 AM

Ruth

Have the best time, Alisha!!

September 25, 2014 - 6:12 AM

Sue

Wishing you the most amazing and fun vacation at Disney !! Peace to you and your family !! Have an amazing safe journey ... Say HI to Mickey !! Bring back some sunshine, sunshine!!!!

September 25, 2014 - 7:19 AM

Jeni

Have a wonderful trip, Princess Alisha!

September 25, 2014 - 7:40 AM

Sinead

A wish fit for a princess!

Alisha, we hope you and your family have the most wonderful time in Disney World.

Love from all the staff at The Irish Emigrant

September 25, 2014 - 8:01 AM

ANITA

HAVE A MAGICAL TIME AT DISNEY PRINCESS! ENJOY EVERY MINUTE OF YOUR SPECTACULAR WISH. YOU DESERVE IT :)

September 25, 2014 - 9:02 AM

Melanie

Have a wonderful time at Disney with your family! Best wishes, The Mitchell Family

September 25, 2014 - 9:19 AM

Martha

Have a wonderful, happy time!

September 25, 2014 - 9:35 AM

MAIA's Young Agent Committee

Have an incredible time with your family in Disney! Have a blast creating memories that will last a lifetime for each of you.

September 25, 2014 - 10:00 AM

Leah

I hope ALL your wishes come true, Alisha!!! Say hi to Mickey for me!!!

September 25, 2014 - 10:10 AM

Suzanne

Thanks for the Make-A-Wish team for making Alisha's magical wish come true. Thanks for granting 7,000 wishes and making "miles of smiles."

September 25, 2014 - 2:59 PM

Hil

Princess Alisha, Happy wish day! Hope you have an amazing and memorable trip to Disney!

September 25, 2014 - 4:07 PM

Little doggies Abu, Yaz and Yogi

Alisha - Happy wish day from us 3 little doggies. We hope you have a wonderful (ruff ruff) time. Your smile is amazing!

September 25, 2014 - 4:59 PM

Melissa

Enjoy every special moment of your wish come true!

September 25, 2014 - 6:58 PM

Emily, Camron and Brayden

Just read your story tomorrow will be the best day of your life. I brought my son camron to magic kingdom when he was 3 as well. Make sure mom and dad take lots of videos!!! Have a magical time and myself and the boys wish you nothing but the best ♡

September 25, 2014 - 7:39 PM

kerri

Have the most magical time in the happiest place on Earth!!! I am so excited for you 😀

September 25, 2014 - 7:59 PM

O'Brien Family

From the 1st wish family to the 7000th, enjoy your trip! Feel the joy and cherish every moment! May the memories made never fade. Our hearts are with you all!

September 25, 2014 - 8:47 PM

Jen

Alisha, enjoy every moment of your trip to Walt Disney World! You are an amazing girl!

September 26, 2014 - 1:58 AM

Kaitlin

Hope you have a good time at the happiest place on earth Alisha! Hope all of your dreams come true :)

September 26, 2014 - 3:03 AM

SarahRose

Have a wonderful wish day Alisha! I hope all your dreams come true

September 26, 2014 - 3:03 AM

Susan

To our little princess, have a great day in Disneyland with all the other princesses. Miss you loads, from Auntie Susan, Gearoid and Cathal.

September 26, 2014 - 4:01 AM

Kristy

Alisha sweetheart, i wish you all the joy,wonderment,and magical fun in the world while you are in the land where dreams come true!! Sending you and your amazing family all my love from Salem,Massachusetts and surrounding you with prayers for complete healing! ♡♡♡ Enjoy yourself and your special time with your wonderful family...you deserve it ♡♡♡

September 26, 2014 - 4:35 AM

Marge

Alisha, have a wonderful time on your trip!

September 26, 2014 - 4:50 AM

Annie

I hope you have a wonderful time on your trip to Disney and enjoy your dream of being a princess!!

September 26, 2014 - 1:13 PM

The Clancy's

Alisha. Hope you have a great time!! The Clancy's

September 27, 2014 - 2:43 AM

Susie

Dear Princess Alisha,
Do you know that you are famous? Your photo is in our local newspaper. I hope all the magic of Disney brings smiles to your face and the knowledge to your parents that an entire world community is praying for you. Have fun and just enjoy being a kid in WDW.

September 27, 2014 - 5:01 AM

Liam and Sasha

Alisha, I hope you have a wonderful time! - Liam and Sasha

September 27, 2014 - 5:06 AM

Jill

Have a magical time, Princess Alisha! We are wishing you all the magic in the world!!

September 27, 2014 - 5:24 AM

Alex and Hannah Z.

What a cutie! I hope you have a good trip!

September 27, 2014 - 6:21 AM

Dorothy

Wishing you a wonderful time, God bless you.

September 27, 2014 - 6:30 AM

Christine

Have a great trip to Disney, Alisha and family! :)

September 28, 2014 - 1:58 PM

Terry

Hi Alisha, I hope you and your family have an amazing time at Disneyworld!!!

September 28, 2014 - 3:09 PM

Christina

Alisha,

I hope you have a wonderful time in Disney! You know you arnt just any regular princess? You are a magical one. Keep being the shining star you are!

September 29, 2014 - 7:24 AM

Justin

Alisha, I hope you have a most wonderful time at The Happiest Place on Earth!!! Here's to you making some wonderful memories!! :)

September 29, 2014 - 9:19 AM

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