Julia, age 17
“I Wish To Go to the Jersey Shore”
Cohoes, NY (October 2011) – Julia, a 17-year-old from Brunswick, knew she wanted her wish to include the beach from the very beginning. “I love the beach! I have wonderful memories of going and being in the sun with my family,” said Julia, who has Freidriechs Ataxia, a genetic, degenerative neuro-muscular condition.
Julia was one of nearly 100 children and teens each year who are granted wishes by the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Northeast New York. The Foundation serves children in the 518 area code who have life-threatening medical conditions. A network of local volunteers, supporters, professionals, trustees, and donors work together to determine a qualified child’s true wish, and then make that wish come true.
With her family and best friend Elizabeth, Julia spent a week at a Seapointe Village beach house on the Jersey shore. Beach chairs and umbrellas on the sand allowed for hours in the sun and surf, along with water activities like parasailing.
Julia also loved going out to dinner to different restaurants throughout the week and enjoyed the games and other entertainment at Wildwood’s famous boardwalk. Among the host of amusement rides, her favorite was the “Slingshot”, which shot two people at a time straight up into the sky and then bungeed them back and forth. The group also took a carriage ride, for a relaxing close-up look at the historic waterfront town.
Another experience was her personal spa massage. While much of the trip involved family and friends, this was truly all about Julia. She said that it was a highlight of the trip, adding, “Every little girl’s dream is to be pampered and be made to feel special, and this was a special day in a great week.”
According to local Make-A-Wish CEO William C. Trigg III, granting the 1,200th wish is a major milestone, as the chapter approaches its 25th anniversary. “We’re committed to meeting the growing needs of our local region, and helping these children through granting wishes,” he said. “We know from our experience that a wish can help sustain a family, give a child something to look forward to, and provide lasting joyful memories.”