Extremely well-spoken and full of life, 8-year-old Rowan has a resilience that's rare in young boys his age. Since he was born, Rowan has endured 17 intestinal surgeries due to a rare gastrointestinal disorder – gastroschisis. Through it all, Rowan has been quite the trooper.
Rowan loves to be surrounded by the company of his family and friends, but sometimes his disorder makes it difficult for him to be his happy-go-lucky self. For Rowan, complications from his disorder mainly include food sensitivity and an increased probability of obstructions, which result in surgeries and extended hospital stays. Through it all, Rowan has been quite the trooper.
Tranylle, Rowan's mom, didn't think Rowan was eligible for a wish, but it only took a few days before she got the good news. When Rowan arrived at Make-A-Wish, he was confident in his wish to go on a Disney Cruise!
Rowan had researched Disney cruises on YouTube and was intrigued by the cruise ship and its amenities, most specifically the "super-duper, twisty water slides." Rowan's research helped motivate him to get strong and healthy so he could enjoy all this wish trip had to offer.
Rowan had a fantastic wish experience and created so many special memories with his family. It was everything he imagined and more. While on his trip, Rowan turned into a ship captain at the Bippity Boppity Boutique, met all his favorite Disney characters, experienced the infamous AquaDuck, and even visited a private island with his family. Rowan’s mom says he woke up each morning excited for the day.
Since returning home, Rowan has been more playful, happy and energetic. Rowan’s wish impacted not only him but his entire family. Rowan's wish trip allowed him and his family to have a real vacation together, and make memories they will cherish for a lifetime.
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