When Samantha was diagnosed with a hematologic disorder, a disease that affects the production of blood cells in the body, and underwent a bone marrow transplant in Minneapolis, her life was changed. However, it is easy to see from the photos above that Samantha proves to persevere, and with a smile, as she battles this condition.
When Samantha found out that she qualified to receive a wish from Make-A-Wish® South Dakota, it was as if she had already dreamed of activities she wanted to accomplish and a place she wanted to visit. Through the wish meeting that took place at Samantha’s home in Parkston, it became clear that visiting Hawaii was her one true wish.
While in Hawaii, Samantha jumped at the opportunity to surf – something that she was a natural at! In addition to riding the deep blue ocean waves, she was able to tour the Pearl Harbor Memorial Center, and also spent a day at Chief Sielu’s Luau Party where she was exposed to the art of coconut husking and hula dancing. Between discovering new skills, trying new food, and learning about unique culture, Samantha would be the first to tell you that Hawaii was amazing, and her family would all agree.
“It was a wonderful time for our family and especially Samantha. They treated Samantha like royalty wherever she went,” says Wish Dad Tony. All in all, Samantha and her family were able to enjoy a relaxing and stress-free wish adventure in Hawaii – a trip with no shortage of photos and experiences to tell stories about.
Thank you to everyone who made Samantha’s wish come true, a special thank you to Make-A-Wish® Hawaii for assisting in the wish, and to Eric & Jamie Netjes and family and an anonymous donor for adopting her wish.