Madison, a 5-year-old girl with ALL Leukemia, had always dreamed of going to to watch the fireworks with Cinderella at Walt Disney World® Resort. After seeing it on television and the internet, Madison knew she had to go to the most magical place on Earth. So when her wish granters asked her what she wished for most in the world Madison said, “I wish to watch the fireworks with Cinderella at Walt Disney World® Resort.”
She wanted nothing else. Even when Madison was asked what her backup wish would be, she didn’t stray much, “I wish to watch the fireworks with Minnie Mouse at Walt Disney World® Resort,” she told her wish granters.
On October 7, 2010, Madison not only got to full her dream of seeing Walt Disney World® Resort, she also had the opportunity to be the Tulsa participant as part of an annual WishFlight to Orlando, Florida. The Something mAAgic Foundation helps create unforgettable memories from the time the wish child and his or her family steps foot inside the airport.
Madison and her family went to the airport the night before their flight and were greeted by many volunteers and a decorated terminal. Madison also had the special privilege of directing a plane into the terminal with her own safety vest and lighted wand. After that, she greeted the passengers as they exited the plane.
The next morning came and it was time for Madison and her family to go to the airport for their trip. When they arrived at the baggage check-in desk, a personal “royal coach” was ready to chauffer Madison around the airport, just like a princess. As she approached the terminal, Madison was greeted by WishFlight volunteers, the Tulsa University cheerleaders and other volunteers for a send-off party. Along with cake, drinks and goodie bags, the cheerleaders also lead everyone in a personal cheer for Madison.
Madison and her family boarded the plane in first class on the very first row where more surprises were awaiting Madison and her sister. Their seats were filled with presents like a DVD player, DVDs, an iPod, blankets and stuffed animals.
“I was overwhelmed with how much all the volunteers had done and given to Madison and her sister that I almost cried,” Madison’s mom said.
When they arrived in Dallas for their layover, Madison and her family were greeted again by Something mAAgic volunteers with noise makers and a special cart ready to escort them to their next terminal. As they drove through the airport, Madison greeted everyone with her princess wave.
“Amazing does not even begin to describe the experience we had on the WishFlight,” Madison’s mom said.
Madison’s favorite part of the whole trip was her visit to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Cinderella's Castle. There she was able to pick out which Disney princess she wanted to be and her Fairy Godmother transformed her into Princess Tiana from The Princess and the Frog. “It was the epitome of a little girls dream,” Madison’s mom said.
While there, Madison got to meet a lot of Disney characters. At Cinderella’s Royal Table, she met several princesses and even was chosen to dance with Cinderella in front of everyone. Snow White was one of the princesses that visited with Madison and her sister, signed autographs and kissed Madison’s cheek. Madison was so excited she refused to wash her cheek before she went to bed that night.
Oklahoma has been Madison’s own Fairy Godmother,” Madison’s mom said. “This was a trip of a lifetime. Make-A-Wish provided us with memories that we will cherish for the rest of our lives. Not only did Madison’s wish come true, but so did her Mommy & Daddy's wish - to see complete happiness on our daughter's face. And for this we are eternally grateful. This is what families and children have to look forward to."