My names is Megan, and I am 18 years old. Almost five years ago my world was turned upside down when I was diagnosed with a progressive, neuromuscular disorder called Friedreich’s ataxia, or FA. I was forced to stop the one activity I loved the most, dance. FA slowly took away my ability to walk and has confined me to a wheelchair.
As I went through high school, my life was not only filled with the normal worry and stress of a teenager, but also endless doctor’s appointments. I no longer felt like a normal teenager. I struggled to be independent.
I vividly remember breathing in a long tube to have my oxygen measured while participating in a clinical trial when the doctors told my family about Make-A-Wish®. Shortly after that I found out my wish to go to Paris would be granted!
After I found out that I was eligible for a wish, if I was having a rough day I would just think ‘I will soon be in the Paris of my dreams’. I have always loved big, glamourous cities and Paris was somewhere I had always wanted to go.
The night before my wish I could barely fall asleep. I was so excited and a little nervous. I wondered if Paris would be like I imagined it or what I saw in movies, and it was. Rather than worrying about the difficulties that come along with FA we spent the days exploring the beautiful city. We had the time of our lives.
Without donors like you, children battling critical illnesses wouldn’t have the chance to have amazing experiences like this. I am walking - well rolling - proof that you have the ability to help a child regain the strength and joy needed to continue their fight. A donation from you can provide a wonderful experience to someone who really
Dealing with an incurable illness can completely drain you, and sometimes your will to fight disappears. After my wish trip I was ready to fight again. Thank you for not only giving me the opportunity of a lifetime, but for giving other kids the same chance. Thank you for your generosity. Thank you for helping my family and I create unforgettable memories to look back on when we need to be filled with strength again. A million times, thank you.
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