Being a teenager comes with its challenges, but when 14-year-old Grace was diagnosed with kidney disease, her life was turned upside down. So began countless doctor appointments, lab work, and medications around the clock. Grace felt far from being a normal kid.
After finding out that she would be granted a wish, her mind was able to focus on a fun vacation, rather than hospital visits. As a Hawaiian native who was moved to land-locked Colorado, Grace’s heart still longed for the ocean - and thus returning to Hawaii with her family was a wish come true.
Upon arrival, Grace already felt a weight lifted from her shoulders. She was able to play in the sand with her sister and dive right into the water. She was born to swim and loved exploring the ocean from a fish's perspective while scuba diving. The fearless teen even embarked on a shark cage adventure, where she was face-to-face with the majestic animals.
The trip as a whole was an experience that Grace and her family could never have imagined. "We were able to relax and get away from everything for a while, which allowed us to connect as a family," Vanessa, Grace's mom said. But what was even more magical, was the fact that Grace met other wish kids at the resort. They were instantly bonded. “It was great for Grace to hear stories from kids like her, who could relate to what she has been going through,” Venessa shared. Grace no longer felt alone. Meeting fellow wish kids along with her time in Hawaii helped her rediscover hope and feel like a kid again.