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Eleanor Adventures to Walt Disney World

“ It felt like home away from home; this was her place, her wish. ”

- Eleanor's mom

Eleanor is a very fun, silly, and personable 5-year-old girl. She has a twin brother who she loves and enjoys playing with. When Eleanor was diagnosed with cancer at only 4 years old, it was a big trial for her and her family, especially her brother who was sad his sister was not around much anymore.

In October 2016, Eleanor grew very sick and her parents took her to the hospital. Eleanor’s doctors felt a mass near her stomach, and after further investigation, they found there was a cancerous tumor on her kidney. She immediately had surgery to remove her kidney and began chemotherapy and radiation. Eleanor’s specific type of cancer is very rare; she has a gene that is found in only 5 percent of diagnosed patients. This gene increases the chances of Eleanor’s cancer coming back even after it has been treated Today, her cancer is gone but still undergoes preventive scans every three months. 

Eleanor loves Minnie Mouse and Disney® Princesses. When she was in the hospital and going through treatments, she passed time by watching the Disney Channel. Disney® was something she was able to bring into the hospital and help make her feel more at home during her stays. Ultimately, Eleanor’s love for Disney® inspired her wish: to go to Walt Disney World®! 

Eleanor’s wish was planned at the end of her cancer treatments, which gave her something to look forward too while in the hospital and made her treatments more tolerable. 
The wish granters were amazing,” Eleanor’s mom said. “They were so sweet and gave her little reminders of her wish to help get her excited. It was the light at the end of the tunnel.” 

Eleanor loved Give Kids the World Village®. She enjoyed staying in her own villa and visiting all the different theme parks in Orlando. She particularly loved meeting Sadness and Joy from Inside-Out because they made her feel so special and loved. Her mom explained meeting these characters as something magical: “It was symbolic in a way going through all of the cancer treatments. There is a lot of sadness that happens, but with that comes a lot of joy. It all came to a full circle at this moment.”

On her trip, Eleanor was able to celebrate her wish but also the end of chemotherapy and being cancer free. This trip marked the end of a trial on the highest note possible and she had the most magical time at Disney World.

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