Standing in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, Brian looks around in amazement. "I can't believe I'm here. I can't believe I'm really seeing this for myself.”
Nothing compares to seeing it with your own eyes. No matter how much you study a place in History class, it is 100 times better when you’re there – Brian can guarantee that.
Facing the Unknown …
Newly diagnosed with Burkitt’s lymphoma, Brian confronted an uncertain future. But this burden wasn’t just for Brian to carry; his family stood beside him with their unwavering support. Nevertheless, there was much for them to take on – the sickness, the worry, the unknown. The only thing that was definite was the numerous rounds of chemotherapy Brian was scheduled to endure. It was a tough road ahead for them, but things started looking up when they heard about Make-A-Wish …
An Adventure of a Lifetime
Once Brian set foot in Italy, all thoughts of ports, IV pumps, chemo and constant pain faded away – in their place was Brian’s fascination with his new surroundings. For him, every worry seemed a little farther away. The trip was a stepping stone for Brian and his family. Not only did it provide him with a chance to experience a place he always dreamed of seeing, but it gave him and his family a goal to work towards – recovery.
“I can't thank Make-A-Wish enough for providing this trip for my son and our family,” says Leslie, Brian’s mom, “it still brings tears of gratitude to my eyes.”
Monograms® Travel, which provides independent worldwide travel itineraries, planned and donated $5,000 toward Brian’s wish. Since 2009, Monograms has donated more than $250,000 worth of travel vouchers to grant the international travel wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Local support and guidance arranged through Monograms allows wish kids and their families to enjoy seamless, worry-free travel abroad.