OZARK – Seqcoya is a smart and adorable 5-year-old who loves the Rugrats, the new Charlie’s Angels, listening to Destiny’s Child and lots of admiration. While Seqcoya enjoys the special attention that her cuteness and charm create, her health demands special attention from her. At only two weeks old she was diagnosed with sickle cell disease, and also contends with asthma, conditions that would forever affect her life. In efforts to stabilize her health, Seqcoya must take multiple medications and undergo breathing treatments four times each day.
When Wish Coordinator Terri McConn of Kids Wish Network heard about Seqcoya’s dream of cruising tropical waters, she quickly sailed into action and coordinated a cruise on Disney’s Wonder so that her family would always remember its wondrous magic.
Seqcoya received preferential treatment the moment she boarded the ship. When she entered her cabin a plush Captain Mickey was sitting on her bed awaiting her arrival, but this was only the beginning. When the real Captain Mickey showed up to meet his passengers, he went straight for Seqcoya and snuck up behind her for a surprise greeting. Her mother Falicia said, “When Seqcoya turned around and saw him, her eyes just lit up.”
Her family enjoyed many of the onboard restaurants, especially Animator’s Palate, a magical restaurant with walls of animated Disney scenes that change color throughout dinner. While there were so many different types of foods offered on the cruise, Seqcoya most highly recommended the “chocolate ice cream, chicken nuggets, French fries and vegetables.”
Seqcoya, her mother and brother had fun shopping in the Bahamas, but especially enjoyed Castaway Key, the ship’s own private beach oasis with games, a hearty barbeque and hammocks for taking in the sun, sand and tranquil turquoise waters. “Guess what?” asked Seqcoya excitedly. “I played in the sand!”
Out of the entire wish, Seqcoya said she liked meeting Mickey Mouse and swimming in the ship’s pool the most. It was obvious that she also was happy about the attention she received when she picked out a shirt as a souvenir that proclaimed her as a “sailing diva”. “She had such a wonderful time and has been telling everyone at the school about her wish,” said Seqcoya’s mother. “The cruise was a vacation that we really needed; we were together the entire trip. For our family it was a dream come true.”
Kids Wish Network is a nationally recognized non-profit organization whose mission is to grant wishes to children who have life-threatening illnesses. If you know a child between the ages of 3 and 18 who may be in need of their wish granting services, please call (813)891-9374 or toll free at (888)918-9004. You can also visit its web site at www.kidswishnetwork.org.