Like most teenagers, 14-year-old Amya spends most of her days at school being taught math, literature and science. As an avid lover of history, Amya loves learning about different cultures, foods and languages from around the world. Though Amya has a hematologic disorder, she never lets her condition interfere with her dreams of traveling to the different places that have filled her studies. When asked to wish for anything in the world, Amya wished to travel to Paris, France—a place where the language was new, the food would be different, and the tales of her adventure would be endless.
From the moment they landed in Paris, Amya greeted the locals with the few words she knew in French. Bonjour, she would say and bonjour they would reply—in a place so far from home, she felt like she belonged. After they filled their stomachs with crepes, Amya and her family set off to explore the city. A trip to the Eiffel Tower gave them a breathtaking bird’s eye view, but her favorite part of the wish was the Seine River Cruise. An hour long excursion took them on a magical cruise through the City of Lights as they enjoyed bottomless macaroons. “It was so fun being on the water and seeing all the sights of Paris,” Amya shared. Running through the middle of the beautiful city, Amya and her family were able to see all the historical buildings that lined the river. “I wanted to learn about the culture and history of Paris and I was able to do that during the boat ride,” Amya exclaimed.
Now home from her wish trip, a quick glance at the small Eiffel Tower figurine that stands proudly on Amya’s dresser is all it takes to transport her and her family back to their best days in Paris.