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Make a Wish Re-Does Wish After Tragedy

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Sometimes wishes are dreams come true that turn into nightmares. That was the unfortunate happenstance with Sara Frey, a 15-year-old leukemia patient who was granted a family Caribbean cruise from the Make a Wish Foundation. However, there was a fire on the ship, which caused the wish to come to a screeching halt. When the Make a Wish Foundation heard about the unfortunate incident, they said they’ll do everything possible to grant Sara another wish, whether it’s a cruise or something completely different.

Sara had already received four rounds of chemo before she set sail on Friday–just three days later, the boat was docked because of the emergency. Thankfully, Sara has been in remission for acute myeloid leukemia since 2012, but she had enrolled in the Foundation when she first got her diagnosis. It was good timing, since Sara has just now regained some of her lost energy and her mom says she’s “back to normal.”

A Cruise Set for Disaster

The cruise was a Grandeur of the Seas expedition, which has been in operation since 1996. The ship was just renovated last year, and Sara’s trip was meant to be seven days. It was en route to CocoCay, Bahamas as part of the Royal Caribbean itinerary. Nobody was injured because of the fire, although Sara’s dad had acted quickly and made sure everyone got life jackets.

All passengers report that the crew acted swiftly and ensured everyone was as comfortable as possible. Every guest received a complete refund and a voucher for a free cruise in the future. However, having a little perspective really helps keep Sara’s spirits up. Her dad recalls being in the hospital, not knowing if Sara would make it just a year ago. A detour and short cruise is nothing to complain about, says the family.

Helping Those with Serious Illnesses

The Make a Wish Foundation does incredible things, and they’re perhaps the best-known non-profit. However, there are also many other organizations committed to helping those with a terminal or serious illness. Follea is a company that designs incredibly life-like wigs, and they’re dedicated to help chemotherapy patients make treatment just a little bit easier.

Other organizations offering support include Band Back Together, Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the American Cancer Society. For someone facing a major illness, forming a support network is crucial for recovery. Research what’s available, including smaller and local organizations. The more help a person gets, the better off they are.

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