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Gavin's Florida Getaway

  • Gavin & a Wookie!

  • Gavin meets BB8

  • Gavin and his family enjoy the park!

Gavin is a funny, optimistic and energetic 11-year-old boy with cancer. Make-A-Wish® Colorado granted Gavin a wish to go to Walt Disney World Resorts®! The vacation not only helped him to stay strong in his fight against his illness, but also let him have a whole lot of fun along the way.

While in Florida, Gavin and his family were able to go to Sea World®, Walt Disney World, Universal Studios® and the beach. As a big Star Wars fan, he enjoyed meeting characters like Chewbacca and BB-8 in Walt Disney World. He loved the virtual reality Avatar ride, too - so much so, that he immediately got back in line to ride again after the first time! Overall, his favorite park of the week was Universal Studios, where he had a private escort take him and his family through the back door like a VIP!

Gavin’s parents cherish the trip’s influence on his battle against cancer. “Gavin knew that his trip was an opportunity beyond what he could have without the help of Make-A-Wish. It reminded him how to have fun again. “

“He was able to forget about his chemo and what he had been through,” said Gavin’s mom.

They entire family is humbled by their experience and opportunity to see beyond Gavin’s illness. Gavin’s parents are encouraged and grateful that Gavin had the opportunity to experience something special, and they all treasure the unforgettable memories gained.


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