Editor’s Note: Freshman Noura Sarsam is taking a Journalism One class at the school. She shared this special experience she had last year with MV Media to be featured in our coverage of Wish Week.
Wish Week 2017 was a huge success. We granted Kanyan’s wish, as well as 17 others. It had only been my second Wish Week, and I was knocked off my feet by how big of a success it was. In fact, we raised so much money we were able to send Kenyan to Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Kenyan’s story was especially meaningful to me because my brother is about the same age as Kenyan, so I felt compelled to make a difference in this child’s life.
And that is where my story begins. It was June 24, 2017, around 6 a.m. in the morning. I got on my plane ready for the three-hour flight to Orlando. I had been waiting for this trip for months, mostly because I would finally see my cousins again, but also partly I was super excited to see Harry Potter World and finally get a taste of the famed butterbeer. A few minutes before we were set to take off, a flight attendant came on the intercom.
“Attention passengers,” she said. “I would like to let you all know that we have a very special passenger on this flight today. Kenyan is a recipient of a wish from the Make-A-Wish Foundation.” The cabin filled with applause.
Meanwhile, I was in the back, freaking out. Here I was, on the plane with Kenyan, who my feeder are had raised $127,781 for. And on top of all that, I was wearing his shirt by total coincidence. My parents encouraged me to go up to his seat and introduce myself. They even called over a flight attendant to escort me over. That is how I found myself on a plane with Kenyan, talking to his parents about how ready Kenyan was to meet his heroes, and of course Mickey Mouse, while wearing his Be a Good Person shirt.