Make-A-Wish® Rio Grande Valley Grants a Wish of a Lifetime for Valley Resident
by Lynette Montalvo
published April 2016

On March 15, 2016, Oscar Galvan and his family returned from a trip to Disney World, where he enjoyed an adventure in the Magic Kingdom for his first time. Arriving at the Valley International Airport, Oscar held a big smile and was full of excitement as he talked about his experience.

The 10-year-old Brownsville resident received the free week long trip to Orlando, Florida from Make-A-Wish® Rio Grande Valley Chapter, part of a national nonprofit that grants wishes to children 2 ½ - 18 yrs. old with life threatening medical conditions.

Oscar said the trip will be something he will never forget. He said his favorite part was going on all of Disney's attractions. "I got to ride on all the rides, and I went on some of them a lot too," Oscar said with a big smile. Oscar's family members also saw how delighted he was to have gone on the trip. "He really enjoyed his time at Disney, and I'm very happy," Karla, Oscar's mom said. "Oscar's wish came true and I can see it on his face." All details had been pre-arranged, and the trip had gone off without a hitch.

"The whole idea of granting this wish was to give Oscar and his family a break from worrying about his leukemia and to give Oscar the strength, hope, and joy he deserves." Ava Sandlin, Executive director of Make-A-Wish® Rio Grande Valley said. "It's a stress on the whole family and getting to grant wishes is what I love about my job!"

The Make-A-Wish® Foundation believes that wishes are an important part of the overall care and treatment of children and that each wish offers the opportunity for a joyous, life-changing experience, as stated on the organization's website.

For more information on how to make wishes come true, call the Make-A-Wish® office at (956)-686-WISH (9474).