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“A wish is something that makes you feel happy and forget all the chemotherapies, the poking, surgery,” said Noelia. “It’s something that you just never forget and [it reminds you] to be happy and be glad that you got time outside of the hospital.”
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When you first meet 10-year-old Noelia, you would never guess that she is on the tail end of her year-long fight against leukemia. Noelia is the embodiment of a healthy, happy child, from her joyful laugh to beautiful, curly hair. “Do you see her hair? Her hair was long and [straight] when it fell out … I tell her that it came back even more beautiful,” said her dad, Eliseo.
Eliseo believes that Noelia is even more intelligent, active and cheerful than she was before her diagnosis in part because of her wish. Noelia was in chemotherapy twice a week, every week for an entire year. During that time, the thought of her wish was a much-needed and appreciated distraction. She spent hours daydreaming about what her wish could be. Ultimately, she decided on a family trip to Hawaii.
“When [Noelia] got sick, we lived through the sickness together. The four of us shaved our heads… And now we were able to live this vacation, together too, as a family.” They were able to spend time together relaxing on the beach, visiting the Dole Plantation, and even went swimming with dolphins.
“A wish is something that makes you feel happy and forget all the chemotherapies, the poking, surgery,” she said. “It’s something that you just never forget and [it reminds you] to be happy and be glad that you got time outside of the hospital.”