4-year-old Maliya from New Orleans, LA wished to visit the Florida theme parks with her twin brother, Michael, her little sister, and her mom and dad!
Maliya is a 4-year-old girl from New Orleans, Louisiana. When she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), her wish was to visit the Florida theme parks with her twin brother, Michael, her little sister, and her mom and dad. Maliya’s medical condition did not hold her back nor stop her from having a once in a lifetime experience with her family!
Maliya’s wish was off to a great start when Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry in Metairie, LA wanted to throw her a send-off party! They had theme music playing, delicious cupcakes, a basket full of Florida theme park goodies, and an abundance of pink—Maliya’s favorite color! The Make-A-Wish representatives presented Maliya with her limited edition Vardi Key Necklace. Then – surprise! — the wonderful crew at Lee Michaels gifted Maliya a beautiful Pandora bracelet as well, featuring a little blue dress charm. She was truly princess for the day! Maliya was so proud of her beautiful necklace and Pandora bracelet, she said, “Now I have special jewelry!” She was so excited that she got to have a special party. A note from the family’s Make-A-Wish volunteer, Colleen: “This was one of the sweetest, most humble families I have ever met. After her party, I took her and her brother to ride the train in the Mall. They were so thankful of everything they received!”
Maliya and her family were a bit nervous because no one in the family had ever flown before! Everything went smoothly and according to plan, and the whole family got to experience the magic and adventure with themed rides and characters. Maliya even got to spend some one-on-one quality time with her favorite princess! Jasmine, Maliya’s mom, reached out to her Make-A-Wish volunteer while on the trip. She said, “This is an experience of a lifetime. Thank you soooo much!!! Maliya is having a blast.” Maliya and her family now have these memories to last a lifetime!