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Faith Performs the Hula

Faith’s wish to go to Hawaii

“ A glimpse of hope and comfort came when Faith found out that her life-long dream to be a hula dancer was going to be fulfilled with a wish trip to Hawaii. ”

  • Faith , 8

    • acute lymphoblastic leukemia
    • I wish to go to Hawaii
  • I wish to go

When Faith was diagnosed with leukemia, it was completely heartbreaking for her and her family. "When you find out your child is sick, it impacts every part of your life. It is hard to put into words all that you feel during that time. It was almost like you have a "re-do." The life you knew is gone, and you have to learn a new way to live," Faith's mom, Chelsey, recalled. However, through it all, Faith remained the "tough cookie" of the family.

A glimpse of hope and comfort came when Faith found out that her life-long dream to be a hula dancer was going to be fulfilled with a wish trip to Hawaii.

Greeted with leis and smiling face's Faith and her family immediately felt at home. They spent their days exploring the islands, visiting volcanoes and snorkeling with the dolphins on their boat excursions. Faith also attended a private hula lesson where she danced to a traditional hula which they taught her in English so she could continue her practice at home.

The highlight of the trip was attending the Monarch Festival, "which is essentially the hula version of the Super Bowl," Chelsey shared, "We were the honorary guests." Faith even got to show off some of her moves when she was brought on stage to perform with the other hula champions. Everyone in attendance cheered Faith on and rejoiced in her skills, declaring her an honorary Hawaiian.

Now back at home, a special lei that means “to stand strong in the wind” hangs proudly in Faith’s room to remind her both of her time on the island as well as her resilience in her fight against cancer.
  • Faith’s wish to go to Hawaii

  • Faith’s wish to go to Hawaii

  • Faith’s wish to go to Hawaii

  • Faith’s wish to go to Hawaii

  • Faith’s wish to go to Hawaii

  • Faith’s wish to go to Hawaii

  • Faith’s wish to go to Hawaii

  • Faith’s wish to go to Hawaii

  • Faith’s wish to go to Hawaii

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