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Old 11-17-2012, 10:30 PM   #2626
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Just for fun, here is a picture of Liam.


He is very handsome!! I'm jealous of your land and sea trip!! My son wished for a cruise and depending on how long we might try and stay longer!
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Old 11-17-2012, 10:57 PM   #2627
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Tim, I LOVED your update on your return to GKTW! Our wish now is to move to Florida and volunteer weekly at GKTW, it feels like home to us. What a blessing Noah's family was able to do that. We met a volunteer last year whom we saw on our return this past September who told us of a family from I believe Canada about to do that, I just didn't know it was Noah's family since that was before my time on the DIS. I am certain that is who she was talking about now.

Welcome to all of the new folks and safe trips for all leaving shortly. The talk about if someone deserves or doesn't deserve a wish trip makes me just say this: if your child has been gifted a trip, enjoy it. EVERY SINGLE ONE of these children are tougher than most people and they have been through a lot, so have their families.

As for the luggage discussion. We shipped back 5 boxes from GKTW in varying sizes and STILL needed the extra room in our suitcases. It wasn't the gifts from GKTW (those were scarce, I think because my children were older); however, we had LOTS of experiences and surprises and things added up quickly! FYI: There is a shipping facility near the Wal-mart at Bass Road my DH took the boxes to ship back home.
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Old 11-17-2012, 11:49 PM   #2628
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He is very handsome!! I'm jealous of your land and sea trip!! My son wished for a cruise and depending on how long we might try and stay longer!


Here is Liam with Jim Slater of the Winnipeg Jets . He's hiding his hair loss.



In the Jets locker room. He's the short one.



With the Stanley Cup. Have you figured out he's a hockey fan?



Raining down scorn on the opposition at a Jets game. This was the new Jets' home opener. We weren't sure he could make it to this game. His doctor decided an hour before game time that he was good to go. They unplugged his port, we went to the game, went back to the hospital, plugged back in to his port and we didn't miss a beat. Or the game.

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Old 11-18-2012, 01:50 AM   #2629
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Emmaswishtrip - Hope you had a wonderful time


KaylaM - Have a wonderful trip


vegomatic - Liam is a great looking kid So glad he was able to attend the game.
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Old 11-18-2012, 11:10 AM   #2630
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Have been enjoying everyone's posts about upcoming trips! We will be there from Nov 26-Dec 2. We had Kaston's surprise 10th birthday/MAW send-off party last night and it was awesome! We served donuts and rootbeer...his 2 favorite things ever!
We also got our packet and I have a couple of questions...
#1 We don't get in until 9:30 and probably to the village who knows when. Obviously we will miss orientation. Will they do an individual one for us when we get there or do we have to wait until 7:00 the NEXT night? We had planned on going to AK/HS but may not even have tickets to do so. Just trying to plan our first day there.
#2 Does everyone in the family usually wear their MAW shirts on the flight there or just the Wish kid?
#3 Shirts again...Which park is the best park for us ALL to wear our MAW shirts in? Should we have the wish child wear his at every park? We purchased an extra blue one for each of us.

Also, I am considering bringing our city pins and postcards to give to the other kids we meet at the village. Is anyone that will be there the same time interested in trading postcards with us? We are collecting them for our US History class (we homeschool) and thought this might be sort of fun!

So looking forward to this trip not only for our son, but our whole family! My husband works so hard and hasn't had a real non-working vacation in many many years. This is gonna be great!
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Old 11-18-2012, 11:23 AM   #2631
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Have been enjoying everyone's posts about upcoming trips! We will be there from Nov 26-Dec 2. We had Kaston's surprise 10th birthday/MAW send-off party last night and it was awesome! We served donuts and rootbeer...his 2 favorite things ever!
We also got our packet and I have a couple of questions...
#1 We don't get in until 9:30 and probably to the village who knows when. Obviously we will miss orientation. Will they do an individual one for us when we get there or do we have to wait until 7:00 the NEXT night? We had planned on going to AK/HS but may not even have tickets to do so. Just trying to plan our first day there.
#2 Does everyone in the family usually wear their MAW shirts on the flight there or just the Wish kid?
#3 Shirts again...Which park is the best park for us ALL to wear our MAW shirts in? Should we have the wish child wear his at every park? We purchased an extra blue one for each of us.

Also, I am considering bringing our city pins and postcards to give to the other kids we meet at the village. Is anyone that will be there the same time interested in trading postcards with us? We are collecting them for our US History class (we homeschool) and thought this might be sort of fun!

So looking forward to this trip not only for our son, but our whole family! My husband works so hard and hasn't had a real non-working vacation in many many years. This is gonna be great!

we will be there while you are there. love your postcard idea! we are from Canada so wouldnt help your US history but would love to trade non the less! We are getting our package on tuesday with all of our info and we were all thinking of wearnig the MAW ****s in the airport for sure to make it easier to keep together and may make security easier as well
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Old 11-18-2012, 01:25 PM   #2632
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I have seen a few people mention buying MAW shirts. Can I ask where you are buying them from? So excited to see everyone who is headed out for their trips! I finally have the dates and order of the parks nailed down. Now I just need to make some dining reservations and figure out the matching outfits I will be subjecting my family to!

Is there anywhere in Epcot we can eat that we will be able to watch the Illunimation show from? When we have gone in the past we have had trouble find a place where DD could actually see the show since she sits low to the ground in a wheelchair.
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Old 11-18-2012, 03:14 PM   #2633
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#1 Will they do an individual one for us when we get there or do we have to wait until 7:00 the NEXT night?


Is anyone that will be there the same time interested in trading postcards with us?
I think I read somewhere that they have a morning, afternoon, and evening orientation. Or it might be morning (9) and evening. Not sure though.

We will be arriving at GKTW village on Dec. 1. Our flight gets in around 230 and we are planning on just exploring the village for the rest of the day. We would love to do the post cards thing. How many should I bring? We are in Montana.
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Old 11-18-2012, 04:29 PM   #2634
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GKTW Orientation

Just found this in the village guide online.

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Please choose one of several options to join us:
• Every morning at 9 a.m.
• Each afternoon (check with Guest Services for the time that day)
• Every evening at 7:45 p.m.
Please make sure that a legal guardian attends a full orientation session in the House of Hearts.
To better serve all of our families, we ask that only one adult attend orientation.
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Old 11-18-2012, 04:35 PM   #2635
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I have seen a few people mention buying MAW shirts. Can I ask where you are buying them from?
Here you go Make A Wish Marketplace Note that the shirt price changes once you select a size.
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:43 AM   #2636
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Trying to make a somewhat schedule and there seems to be so much going all the time im wondering for those that have been at GKTW what things were your favorite and a must?
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Old 11-19-2012, 11:59 AM   #2637
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Yay!!!! Wish shirts ordered! Wondering how Kayla's trip is going! I hope her daughter is back to normal seizure-wise!
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Old 11-19-2012, 12:47 PM   #2638
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we are being sponsored by marty lyons foiundtion ---can you wer make a wish shirts? or do different oraniations ? I tried starting a pretrip thred but it isnt showing here -- how do i do that thanks
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Old 11-19-2012, 03:22 PM   #2639
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I haven't been on in a few days and trying to catch up! When I first joined last spring these boards were pretty quiet! Now they are filled with action! We have been busy getting my youngest ready for surgery... It's not even my heart kiddo having surgery! She has a growth in her ear that needs to be removed. Surgery is set for December 14th. I hope she is fully recovered by Christmas! Trev has been helping her prepare for surgery and they are both SO excited. Now her twin feels left out and wants a surgery of her own...


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Hello everyone!

I don't quite know how to approach this, so I guess I'll just dive in.

My eleven year old son, Liam, was diagnosed with Burkitt's Lymphoma last year. He went through five rounds of chemo, three surgeries and many hospital stays. The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada visited him in the hospital during his second round of chemo and told him that he was eligible for a wish. His first reaction was "SKYDIVING!" They politely suggested he choose something else

Anyway, after that short but intense and emotionally draining ordeal, I have decided to be thankful and not guilty when it comes to this trip. I'm going to accept everything that is offered with sincere gratitude. It's a once in a lifetime trip for our family and I plan on enjoying and appreciating every last second.

Thanks for Listening!

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I am SO glad that Liam is getting his wish!! He does deserve it for all that he has been through! I understand the emotions as it has been very emotional for me to do accept that Trev even qualifies.

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OK, super uber excited!!!! I did go ahead and call our wish granters. I changed our requested days from Easter week to the first week in June. Other than the heat, I think this will work better for us and won't have to fight the holiday crowds. So, anyway, I got the call tonight that Prescott's wish was approved!!!!!!! Yay! It is getting real! The wish granters said that they will come over at the end of the month to tell Prescott and his brothers that Prescott will get the wish. Prescott won't really understand until he gets there, but his brothers will. The wish granters said they will come over with cake and balloons to tell them. I am so tickled that it is hard to not share. So, I'm sharing with you!!!
How exciting!! Depending on Star Wars Weekends we may be there the same time as you guys!

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Kyras doctor called me this morning to go over all of the meds and travel safety. She was faxing forward the forms to Make-A-Wish this morning! Next step is receiving the final package from Make-A-Wish then boarding the plane! A week from today and all of the family will be here to get ready to go then next day were leaving bright and early! Im so excited!
I hope you guys have a magical time!

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I am packing as we leave really early tomorrow morning

I sure hope that makes sense.
I hope you guys are having a magical time and I can't wait to hear all about your trip!



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Old 11-19-2012, 04:23 PM   #2640
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I tried starting a pretrip thred but it isnt showing here -- how do i do that thanks
Here's how to make a link to your PTR http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=470
(from info on the first page of this thread)
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