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Zoie’s California Getaway

Zoie always dreamt of going on a beach vacation to see the ocean. When she and her family found out she was receiving a wish, a trip to Newport Beach, California was the chance for her one true wish to come true.

Zoie was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when she was six weeks old. The journey the family has gone through and continues to deal with is not an easy one. Zoie, now four-years-old, must adhere to a strict regimen of treatments and hospital visits. A beach vacation was the perfect distraction for her and her family.

Make-A-Wish® Colorado held a send-off party to build excitement for Zoie’s upcoming wish. Friends and family were all able to attend and be a part of the experience. “It was an amazing way for our family and friends to see and understand what it meant to have a wish granted,” Zoie’s mom, Lindsay, cheerfully recalled.

The day of the wish trip, Zoie and her family arrived at DIA happily surprised to see greeters who were there to help them check in. While the family was waiting for their flight, over the loud speaker the pilot announced, “Attention all travelers, we have a very special passenger on board today, Zoie is taking off for her wish trip.” Lindsey shared, “This was such a surprise, and it brought me to tears.”

After all of the anticipation, finally arriving in Newport Beach, Zoie’s dream of seeing the ocean came true. The family had a beach house right on the boardwalk allowing her to wake up seeing the glistening water each morning. Her first day at the beach, Zoie felt the sand between her toes and dipped her feet into the chilly ocean; she loved being outside and soaking up the sun.

Zoie’s mom and dad had always hoped to travel with her, but they were fearful of the process given her medical condition. “If this is the only vacation we can ever take with her, it was a perfect one,” Zoe’s dad, Derik, shared. The memories made in Newport Beach will forever stay with them. “This wish trip was more than just a trip for our family, it showed Derik and me that travel is possible,” Lindsey happily said. The family hopes to return to Newport Beach and relive the special memories. However, nothing will compare to Zoie experiencing the ocean for the first time on her wish.     

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