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Alexa Wished to go To New York City

Alexa Family Photo from Wish Trip

“ "... my family and I were able to just be together again..." ”

At the age of 12, I was diagnosed with a stage one Ewing's sarcoma tumor in my spine.  With immediate spinal surgery followed up by fourteen rounds of intensive chemotherapy and radiation over the course of a year, my amazing medical team was able to save her young life.

I finished my treatment in November 2005 and was finally feeling strong enough by summer 2006 to have my wish granted.  My wish was to take a luxurious vacation to New York City.  My mom, dad and I enjoyed a week in the "Big Apple" sightseeing, shopping, eating and catching a couple Broadway plays.  I am a music lover and was able to go to a live taping of the MTV television show, Total Request Live ("TRL").

It was certainly a trip to be remembered.  However, to my family and I, it was much more than just a wonderful vacation.  For the first time since my diagnosis, my family and I were able to just be together again - we didn't worry about anything.  We were just a normal family, having fun - something we hadn't been able to truly do in over a year.  This feeling was more valuable than anything else about the trip. 

Today, I am 21-years-old and cancer free.  I am average, healthy, and seeking a degree in Nursing at UNLV.  I still enjoy music, traveling, spending time with my family and volunteering for organizations like Make-A-Wish.

"For the first time since my diagnosis, my family and I were able to just be together again-we didn't worry about anything. We were just a normal family, having fun-something we hadn't been able to truly do in over a year." ”

— Alexa

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