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Chilean Sandcastles

The water was glistening, and the sky was clear. It was a trip that Emily and her parents would be able to look back on as a perfect memory. Emily, 13-years-old, was referred to Make-A-Wish Colorado after being diagnosed with brain cancer. Months of weekly treatments had become the norm for her and her family. When it came time to decide on the perfect wish, an escape to see Emily’s extended family in Chile seemed just right.

Arriving in Chile was like a weight off of everyone’s shoulders. It allowed the whole family to be at ease. While everyone wanted to relax, Emily wasted no time, she wanted to explore the sights. They strolled through the National Botanic Gardens and saw the famous Viña del Mar Reloj De Flores (Flower Clock). “The trip took all of our troubles and worries away,” Connie, Emily’s mom, shared.

The warmth of the sand provided a nice spot for the family to relax. Emily, on the other hand, had found a different use. She relished spending her afternoon's designing and building the perfect sandcastle. The only time she was willing to part with the sand was to enjoy a creamy Chilean ice cream.

This wish experience was not only a nice distraction from Emily’s medical condition, but it was also a celebration of how far she had come since her initial diagnosis. The trip restored her strength and spirit as she returned home to continue her fight against cancer. 
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The trip took all of our troubles and worries away. ”

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