Alexis meets Moana in Hawaii!

In 2017, Alexis and her family were so excited to go on her Special Wish Trip to Hawaii so Alexis could meet the Walt Disney princess, Moana. The trip was planned and everything was ready. Unfortunately, Alexis’ health took a serious turn for the worse and the trip had to be cancelled. With this new development in her illness, her doctors were not sure she would ever be able to go on a Wish Trip.  With this news, we arranged for Moana to visit Alexis in the hospital to encourage her to feel better, so that she could one day come see her home. Sure enough, that is exactly what Alexis did, despite doubts from specialists.

This year, Alexis was cleared to travel by her doctors and she would finally be able to meet Moana at her home in Hawaii!  On February 14th, Alexis and her family departed from a very cold 10 degree Ohio to the warm sands of O’ahu and stayed at Disney’s Aulani Resort and Spa. Alexis got to meet many Disney characters including her hero Moana. She even got a princess make over! She learned how to snorkel in their controlled fish reef pool, swam in all their pools and even played on their pool playground. She was even invited to the Kakamora Chaos event with Moana. This event included interacting and playing traditional Hawaiian children's games with Moana herself!

The family decided to extend their trip and traveled to Maui after their time with Moana.  There they traveled to many of their famous beaches, ate at wonderful restaurants, attended a luau and even did the Road to Hana. The family then traveled to the island of Kauai where they scoped out various beaches and interesting hot spots. They explored a chocolate farm, went shopping, did some sightseeing around the island, hung out by the pool and spent more time relaxing and resting on the island.

After the trip, Alexis’ mom stated, “We can’t thank A Special Wish Foundation enough and everyone who has prayed and wished us well. We had the best time!”

The funds for Alexis’ trip were raised by The University of Dayton’s Distance 4 Dreams. This group of UD students is dedicated to raising money running marathons and hosting events to make Special Wishes come true.

Stories like Alexis’ are all too familiar with families in the Dayton and surrounding region.  Please join ASW today by making a donation ( and help grant the Special Wish of a local child battling for their life. All funds raised stays here in the Dayton Region benefitting local children.