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Kaitlyn is one in eight billion. Her doctors call her a medical anomaly whose rare disease presents itself like no other. Because of this, she has very high needs and is loved by many caregivers. She may not have all the same opportunities as other kids, but she loves swimming and music, and being with family, more than anything. Her parents love seeing her happy, and knew that a wish trip to Hawaii would be life-changing for Kaitlyn.

Join Kaitlyn's journey and follow along as she and her family experience how transformative a wish can be.

Uncover the magic.
Reveal the story.

Kaitlyn is one in eight billion. Her doctors call her a medical anomaly whose rare disease presents itself like no other. Because of this, she has very high needs and is loved by many caregivers. She may not have all the same opportunities as other kids, but she loves swimming and music, and being with family, more than anything. Her parents love seeing her happy, and knew that a wish trip to Hawaii would be life-changing for Kaitlyn.

Join Kaitlyn's journey and follow along as she and her family experience how transformative a wish can be.
Lauryn and Iguana
Lauryn and Iguana
Lauryn and Iguana

Kaitlyn’s Story

Part I
One in 8 Billion
At 11 years old, there aren’t too many battles Kaitlyn hasn’t won. Like any newborn, Kaitlyn’s parents were excited to meet her when she joined the world in 2008. They loved their soft and cuddly baby but could tell quite quickly that something wasn’t right. At four months old, Kaitlyn was diagnosed with a rare genetic condition called semi-lobar holoprosencephaly – meaning her left and right brain were fused together. As one can imagine, it came with a host of other medical conditions, and was a tragic turn of events for her parents and two older siblings. Their journey was just beginning. Kaitlyn in Hospital

Not long after, Kaitlyn endured another medical setback. She was diagnosed with a cancer called neuroblastoma – cancer of the nervous system. Eight months of chemotherapy ensued and Kaitlyn lived inside the hospital for almost a year, suffering through surgeries and the side effects from chemo. Nine years later, she remains cancer-free. Extensive research shows there was no link between her cancer and the rare disease; it was just shear bad luck. Kaitlyn in Hospital

All in, Kaitlyn spent the first three to four years of her life living in and out of the hospital. She is now considered a medical anomaly and doctors haven’t found a single other case matching hers. The complexity of her condition and symptoms has her followed by seven different hospital departments and requires 24/7 care. Because of this, her parents had all but written off many family activities, including travelling, because of all the planning and logistics it would take.

The family leans on one another more than a typical family might. They also take full advantage of the things that brings Kaitlyn joy, like music and swimming, to give her a happy life. Though she is non-verbal, unable to walk, and fed through a tube, she has many of the same interests as the other kids. Her love of being in the water and the freedom it gives her always put a fantasy in her parents’ minds that maybe one day they could take her on a beach holiday, but they wrote off the idea a long time ago – even a family road trip to the Okanagan felt difficult.

But when Kaitlyn was approved for a wish, suddenly the idea felt less impossible. What about medical attendants? Oxygen? All her equipment and supplies? Could she handle sitting on a plane for six hours? Children’s Wish assured them that if this is Kaitlyn’s dream, we could make it happen. When they told Kaitlyn she will get to go to Hawaii to see where her favourite cartoon character lives and to swim in the turquoise ocean, the look on her face told them everything they needed to know: Kaitlyn was going to Hawaii!

Part II
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