Skylar's wish to visit the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam
Skylar, an 18-year-old from Wake County, was born with cystic fibrosis. Growing up, she has spent a lot of time in the hospital.
When Skylar learned about historical figure Anne Frank, who was forced into hiding in a concealed room during World War II, she felt an immediate connection. Anne’s descriptions of how it felt to be trapped in a room resonated with Skylar as she reflected on her own experiences being stuck in a hospital bed.
When Skylar learned she had qualified for a wish through Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina, she knew immediately what her wish would be. She wanted to visit the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam.
Skylar’s wish was revealed in a surprise presentation during a basketball game she was cheerleading at.
In March 2020, Skylar traveled with her mother, step-father, and brother to the Netherlands. They explored the city of Amsterdam, visiting the Van Gogh Museum and other major attractions. They also traveled to nearby Camp Vught, a World War II concentration camp.
Skylar, a self-described “history geek,” enjoyed every moment of exploring the historical sites of Amsterdam. The highlight, of course, was visiting the Anne Frank House and finally seeing in person the rooms described by Anne Frank in her diary.
“I cried,” said her mother, Jennifer. “It was all she ever wanted.”