Fifteen-year-old Hanna Farr's wish came true last month, starting with her 9:18 a.m. departure from the Crescent City Airport Wednesday, Aug. 18.
Her wish, granted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oregon, was for a New York City shopping spree.
Hanna was qualified to receive a wish from the organization because she has cystic fibrosis, a life-threatening disease that affects the lungs and digestive system.
Hanna was accompanied by her mom and dad, Haley and Ryan, sisters, 11-year-old Emma and 10-year-old Frances, and brother, 13-year-old Harris.
When she answered her cell phone in New York City on Aug. 20, she excitedly talked about the "pretty school clothes" she had already purchased, mostly at Macy's, and then handed the phone to her father, who related the exciting experiences already enjoyed and the planned itinerary for the rest of the adventure.
He explained that all flight arrangements, limo pick-up, and accommodations at the Roosevelt Hotel were planned by the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Hanna and her entourage were provided with a limousine for her Macy's shopping spree, and she was accompanied by a personal shopper. While mom and the girls did some serious shopping, Ryan said he and Harris enjoyed the "best knish on earth," and visited an aircraft carrier on the pier.
"That night, we walked Times Square, saw St. Patrick's Cathedral, Rockefeller Plaza, Radio City Music Hall, and Broadway," Ryan recounted. "The next day we took a taxi to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Wow, very large everything from Egyptian to modern art, they had it all."
They were given the opportunity to really experience New York City, including New York hotdogs, the Central Park Zoo, and a subway trip to Yankee Stadium.
Ryan then enumerated the planned excursions coming up: Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, and a visit to Little Italy.
In a telephone conversation Aug. 24, Ryan said the family did enjoy those planned excursions, especially Little Italy.
Ryan is back at work in Crescent City, Calif. and the rest of the family are in Utah. They expect to be together in Portland in the near future and will, no doubt, have a great time reliving the exciting New York City adventures so graciously provided by the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, founded in Phoenix, Ariz., in 1980, has granted wishes of more than 185,000 children with threatening medical conditions.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oregon, the fifth chapter to be formed, started in 1983, and has granted more than 2,200 wishes to children in Oregon and Clark County, Wash.
To qualify for a wish, a child must be older than 2 1/2 years and younger than 18 and must not have received a wish from another wish-granting organization. A child can be referred to the Foundation by a parent/guardian, a medical professional, or by the child.