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Ben Sets Sail on the Disney Cruise Line

“ ...we were able to enjoy our time & not have to worry about doctors & procedures... ”


- Wish Mom Carrie

  • Ben , 7

    • leukemia
    • I wish to go on a Disney Cruise

Wish kid Ben is a spunky 7-year-old boy with a love for the Carolina Panthers, all things Disney, and playing outside. He also is fighting a battle no child should have to fight—leukemia.

“Ben has been through a lot this year… He has had so many pokes, chemotherapy, oral medications, and pains. Ben’s wish will allow him to have some great memories and experiences while we go through this journey,” Ben’s mom, Carrie, shared.

For his wish, Ben wanted to be able to dip his toes in the ocean, spend time with his family, and meet Mickey Mouse. With the help of his wish granters, he realized he could do all three of these things by wishing to set sail on a Disney Cruise Line ship!

From the moment Ben and his family stepped foot on the cruise ship, they realized this trip was an opportunity to let go of all their worries and just spend time having fun together. They loved all the special touches that were a part of their trip, such as a visit from Captain Mickey Mouse! “We were treated like we were the most important people on the ship,” Carrie said.

Ben had a hard time deciding on his favorite part of the trip, because he loved all of it so much! Some highlights include dolphin hugs, the ocean, miniature golf, pirate night, and all the ice cream his heart desired.

This trip left the family of four with an abundance of great memories and a chance to celebrate life. “As a family, we were able to enjoy our time and not have to worry about doctors and procedures,” Carrie said. “We had the opportunity to enjoy each other.”

Ben’s wish was made possible by Adopt-A-Wish® Loiseau Construction, Inc of Flandreau.

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