Dreams come true with Make-A-Wish
(CS) Luxembourg charity Make-A-Wish fulfilled its first wish on Friday roughly half a year after its foundation in the Grand Duchy, sending 7-year-old Fabiana on a trip to Paris to meet her favourite princess in Disneyland.
President of Make-A-Wish in Luxembourg, Marcel Hagendoorn, said that he was overwhelmed by the support the charity has received over the past months, adding that no-one expected the first wish could be fulfilled this soon.
Over 50 volunteers and numerous sponsors have already signed up to support Make-A-Wish, which makes dreams come true for children and teenagers with life-threatening or life-limiting diseases.
The first wish was granted on Friday to 7-year-old Fabiana, who will get to meet her favourite Disney princess, Rapunzel, for tea at Disneyland in Paris. The young girl herself was transformed into a princess on Friday morning, including a fairytale dress.
The red carpet was rolled out outside the family's home, and dozens of friends and supporters came to cheer Fabiana and her parents on, as they embarked on their overnight trip.
Fabiana suffers from Guillain-Barré syndrome, a disorder affecting the nervous system and causing symptoms including paralysis, respiratory problems and speech impairments.
The nature of the illness is somewhat unpredictable, explained Fabiana's mother, who is a stay-at-home mother to take care of her daughter. However, all went well on Friday, and the whole family was in high spirits.
Make-A-Wish hopes to fulfil around 30 wishes a year, explained Marcel. With a budget of around 3,000 to 3,500 euros per wish, the charity has to raise around 100,000 euros per year, with interested donors and corporate sponsors welcome to contact the charity via firstname.lastname@example.org
The next projects for Make-A-Wish are already lined up, and the charity continues to look for volunteers, with an information meeting planned in June.
To find out more about Make-A-Wish and how to support the charity, visit make-a-wish.lu